Into the Light

Remembering fine art photographer Michael Petrizzo and his ability to capture the beauty of Falmouth.

Photography by Michael Petrizzo | By Jeanne Petrizzo (daughter of Micheal Petrizzo) on behalf of his family

At the root of everything my father did here on the Cape, from boating to going to the beach, and even down to more mundane tasks like yardwork, was joy. He leaves no question that he loved living in Falmouth. His summer escape for years before he finally moved here full time with my mom just over a decade ago.

To know and remember our dad was to know and remember he felt at peace by the sea. And now, in thousands of stunning images he captured here and farther afield on the Cape, we have both a cache of evidence and the treads of his vantage points to carry with us in our hearts.

“The light here is special,” he would say. “Wait a little longer after the sun sets, and you’ll really see the sky explode,” saw every day – the sailboats, the lighthouses. His enthusiasm never waned: in fact, I think it compounded.

Nobska Lighthouse
Woods Hole Golf Club
Dock at Sphor Gardens
Waquoit Bay – Sunset
Woods Hole
Quissett Harbor
Bournes Pond
The Knob
Chapoquoit Beach

For more than 30 years, my dad remained committed to the mastery of photography. And with his proficiency in every-evolving digital tools and software, he exuded the peace and joy he felt here through his art. From one idyllic scene to the next, he summoned viewers to cast aside the tensions of life and step into the stillness of this special place. For us, his photos are a continual invitation to bask in both his wonder and his calm. And we accept that invitation heartily.

While my family and I find comfort in and hold tightly to a myriad of wonderful memories made here in Falmouth. We also find solace in his perspective of the Cape captured through his breadth of work. We plan to share his art and continue his legacy through at local galleries.

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