Photographs tell the story of contemporary rural life in eastern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Steven G. Smith showcases the picturesque Thames River basin, which extends from southern Massachusetts through Connecticut to the Long Island Sound. The river and its watershed help define the borders of a valley that is unique among its East Coast neighbors, considered to be the last place where dark night sky can be viewed between Washington, D.C. and the Boston metro area. Locals like to call the area the "Quiet Corner" or the "Last Green Valley." In 1994, the U.S. Congress designated parts of the area as a Natural Heritage Corridor because it is one of the last remaining stretches of green in the area and boasts some of the largest unbroken forests in southern New England. This full-color documentary photo essay explores this Atlantic gem, through the faces of the people and the landscapes. An excellent gift and an educational resource, the book includes a foreword by noted outdoor writer Steve Grant.
Under the Dark Sky
About the Artists and Photos
STEVEN G. SMITH is a Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia photojournalist and associate professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut. His work has appeared in numerous prominent media organizations, including the New York Times, USA Today, National Geographic Channel, CNN, and Smithsonian Magazine. STEVE GRANT is a freelance writer living in Farmington, Connecticut. In a 29-year career at the Hartford Courant, Steve wrote extensively on nature, outdoor recreation, adventure travel, the green movement, agriculture, energy and the natural sciences.