Art & Illustration

Summertime: a Letter From the Editor

Summertime is upon us, and I for one can’t wait. While we each remember different summer smells or sounds, a different kind of light or water, we all house a special box of summertime memories locked up inside us, waiting to be opened each June. What is in that box? What does summer mean to us? Photographer and curator Joanne Dugan and I explored these questions in the new book Summertime. Here are some of the answers, shared with you on the Solstice, the longest day of the year and first official date of summer.

Summertime is water—fresh, salty, or pool—that we float on, dip toes in, or plunge into headfirst.

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Shallows, Kauna’oa, Kohala 2011 © 2011 Valerie Yong Ock Kim

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Untitled © 2013 charles gullung photography      

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Inside Underwater, Kohala, 2012 © 2012 Valerie Yong Ock Kim

 

Summertime is letting go, basking, turning your face to the sun.

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Stock Tank © 2012 Julie Blackmon

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Untitled 3 © 2009 Katie Baum Photography

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Untitled © 2013 charles gullung photography  

 

Summertime is no work and all play.

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Bahamian Recess © 2013 Lynda Churilla

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Boy on Swing at Villa Sjötorp, Sweden © 2012 Bo Zaunders

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Untitled © 2013 charles gullung photography

 

Summertime is quiet, restful.

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Lucy, Bridgehampton, 2005 © 2005 Robin Rice

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Day Cottage View (Aster), North Truro, MA © 2009 Joanne Dugan

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Man Reading in Beach Chair in Barbados © 2010 Bo Zaunders

 

Summertime is gazing at a distant horizon line.

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Girl on Beach  Jens Honoré

 

Most of all, Summertime is a chance to become new again.

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The Plane © Cig Harvey

Let summertime begin!

Sarah Malarkey
Executive Editorial Director

Cover image: Deep Bay © Cig Harvey

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4 Comments

  • Jennifer Essad June 20, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    growing up and living almost all my life in Michigan ( we're now in Florida) I can relate to each picture and your writing. We LIVED for our summers. Thanks for sharing

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  • readswritesrollerskates June 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I love this so much. Ah, summertime is everything! That photo of the children in the round pool is incredible.

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  • Shauna W. June 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I loved looking at all of the beautiful photography and reading the wonderful comments in this posts. Thanks for sharing! We too love summertime!

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  • Nik June 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    The quintessence of summer is the dazzling dance of bright sunlight on rippling water waves…rushing in a river, spraying from a fire hydrant, churning and hurling in the rush of a water ride at an amusement park on a sizzling hot day. I live for those days. :)

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