Photography is a popular hobby in Massachusetts thanks to the breathtaking landscapes and artful cityscapes. The South Shore and Cape Cod areas in particular have an abundance of wildlife, shorelines, marshes and small-town beauty to photograph. Ships sailing against the sunset, dunes dotted with footprints in the sand, seagulls soaring over the ocean and similar images are quite common in New England’s coastal areas. These photography galleries do an amazing job projecting the beauty of the South Shore and Cape Cod, as well as the creativity of their residents.
(Photo by Jeff Lovinger)

(Photo by Jeff Lovinger)

Lovinger Gallery
427 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-3788

Jeff Lovinger’s work is presented at his gallery in Provincetown at the very tip of Cape Cod. His pieces are quintessential Cape Cod with images of water, snow and foliage permeating the photographic fare he presents. However, he also shows travel photography from his trips to Tibet, India, Myanmar, Burma and beyond. Photography amateurs can see Lovinger about his workshops and photo walks that take place on picturesque Cape Cod.

(Photo from Cape Cod Art Association)

(Photo from Cape Cod Art Association)

Cape Cod Art Association
3480 Main St.
Barnstable, MA 02630
(508) 362-2909

The Cape Cod Art Association puts several different forms of art on exhibit, including photography. It has three galleries, each of which hosts monthly exhibitions of various talents. Most photography exhibits here contain the work of more than one photographer. This gives visitors an opportunity to see a variety of styles and potentially more than one exhibit in the same place. The association offers several benefits to members and hosts classes, events and competitions regularly.

(Photo from Gallery X)

(Photo from Gallery X)

Gallery X
169 William St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 992-2675

Gallery X is a New Bedford community institution that is owned and populated by local artists. As a venue for literary and performing arts, as well as photography and other mediums, it is among the most diverse galleries around. And while it’s not quite on the South Shore or Cape, it’s only a short ride away – and worth mentioning. For more than 20 years, photographers and other artists have been using Gallery X to showcase their talent. Gallery exhibits range from themed and genre-specific showings to open showings for anything new artists want to show.

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(Photo from Plymouth Center for the Arts)

(Photo from Plymouth Center for the Arts)

Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 746-7222

The Plymouth Center for the Arts is a community organization dedicated to promoting the arts. The center has two structures that house its exhibits, both of which are close to Plymouth’s waterfront. Make a day trip of it, visit a photography exhibit and then dine by the waterfront. The Lindens building and the gallery in the Russell Library are both rather spacious for local galleries, making them a pleasure to walk through. Guests attending events can expect to see additions like local musicians playing.

The Garage Gallery
5 Somerset Ave.
Wellfleet, MA 02667
(508) 349-3945

The Garage Gallery is a strictly photography gallery run by Janis Ekman. The collection includes photographs of the water, plants and sky of Cape Cod. According to the website, her photos are inspired by “…the natural light unique to this Cape Cod, Massachusetts landscape.” Whether or not it is unique is a matter of debate, but it is certainly striking. The glints of light and flashes of bright color captured in Ekman’s photographs are stunning.

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