PEMcast 009: The Winter Caretaker

This is a short bonus episode before we say goodbye to 2016. It’s an outtake from an episode I was developing in response to our big summer impressionist painting exhibition about Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals. It involved me trekking out to the islands and exploring Hassam’s favorite painting spots and interviewing people who work there.

Listen to a clip from this abandoned PEMcast story

Trying to follow in Hassam's footsteps was as tricky as it looks.

Trying to follow in Hassam’s footsteps was as tricky as it looks.

It never came together before the exhibition closed. It happens. However there was one recording I made with artist, Alex de Steiguer, that I just couldn’t let go of. (Some of Alex’s photography was featured in the Hassam show)

If you’ve read her Connected post from early 2016, you’ll know that Alex is not only a talented photographer, but also Star Island’s winter caretaker. Star Island is one of the 9 small islands off the coast of NH that make up the Isles of Shoals.

© 2016 Alexandra de Steiguer

© 2016 Alexandra de Steiguer

If you want to find out where Alex will be showing her work next, take a look at her “Showing” page.

Thanks for listening this past year. The PEMcast team has produced more episodes in 2016 than previous 2 years combined and we continue to attract new listeners. Thank you to all of you who have recommended our show to a friend, or shared our shows with your followers. It helps us a lot. We’ve got lots of exciting things planned for 2017. We hope you’ll keep tuning in. Thanks for subscribing to us via your podcasting app and for sending us your comments and feedback. You can write to us at or leave a comment below.

Footage from a recent storm on Star Island. Wow!

Raro Bueno by Chuzausen [CC BY-NC-SA 3.0]
Strata by Moby


  1. Sharon says:

    What a lovely visit into the unique experience of another human being! I’m always amazed at how many people are not living what we think of as the “average” life. So why do we still think it’s average?
    Thanks for posting this unique PEMcast.

  2. Thank you, Sharon, and I agree – plus the “non average” life also offers so many opportunities to foster creativity and personal growth. Besides inspiring my photography, my non-average life has allowed me to explore song-writing as a new way to express the themes of my photographic work. For samples, please visit:

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