January 20, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Tamulevich
high-resolution images are available upon request
My View from Great Gull Island
Matthew Male at the Custom House Maritime Museum
Exhibition opens Saturday, January 25, 5-8
Common and Roseate Terns on Gull Island, April 2017, photograph. Matthew Male
New London, Connecticut
- This Saturday, January 25, the Custom House Maritime Museum presents 'Matthew Male: My View from Great Gull Island -
Photos from the edge of the Sound.'
The opening takes place at the Custom House Maritime Museum, from 5 to 8 PM,
in conjunction with the New London's Hygenic Art Weekend
The Custom House Maritime Museum is located at 150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut, 860-447-2501, nlmaritimesociety.org.
is free and open to the public.
At the Custom House, we have come to know
as the unflappable leader of our annual volunteer trips to count tern nests & eggs out at
Great Gull Island
-- a hair-raising experience quite unlike anything else!
Matthew Male became fascinated by birds at a young age. He remembers seeing his first Bald Eagle at age 6 -- the bird was stealing a fish from an Osprey at Hamburg Cove, in nearby Lyme. In 1973 at age 13, Matthew first visited nearby Great Gull, NY, a Research Station owned by The American Museum of Natural History. He has returned almost every year since. School vacations were spent working with the seabirds -- Common and Roseate Terns -- that nest on the 17-acre island. Matt continues to build and maintain a series of blinds that island researchers use to observe birds and wildlife. He monitors habitat manipulation and vegetation control on the island. Matthew is a consumate birder -- living for months during spring and fall migrations out on the island, alternately running bird walks and counts on the mainland, all the while photographing everything he sees. He posts his images to facebook, where we all can see the wildlife off just our shore and be amazed.
This winter, we invited Matthew to have a special exhibition of his photographs at the Custom House. The show opens on January 25. Matthew speaks about his work on Sunday, February 16, and we have a related talk about Monarch butterfly migration with Ron Gagliardi on Sunday, March 22.
In 2020, the Maritime Society is shifting its gaze to take in a wider view of our local environment: habitats, wildlife, fly ways, area fortifications (coming in April). Stay tuned for new programming posted at nlmaritimesociety.org.
- Saturday, January 25, 5-8 PM. Opening: MATTHEW MALE - My View from Great Gull Island - Photos from the edge of the Sound at the Custom House.
- Sunday, February 16, at 2 PM. Matthew Male will speak about his photographs and experiences on Great Gull Island at the Custom House.
- Sunday, March 22, 2 PM. Monarch butterfly migration with Ron Gagliardi
Matthew's photos will be on view at the Custom House through March 29, 2020.
Join us this Saturday night, 5 to 8 PM, for the exhibition opening!
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About the Artist
Coming late to digital photography, Matthew uses either his cell phone or digital camera to record what he sees through his spotting scope (small portable telescopes). He post images almost daily on his
personal Facebook page: Matthew Male
, and posts images taken at Great Gull Island on his page:
My View From Great Gull Island
. Exhibition images are available for sale
New London Maritime Society's Custom House Maritime Museum is located at 150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut. The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment - call 860-447-2501. Admission is free for NLMS members, children age 14 and younger, and active-duty military and their families; and $7 for all others.