This Is Beach

"This is Beach" was inspired by the music of Glen Velez and Lori Cotler. Photographed at eight frames per second, I animated a pan through the area I collect most of my specimens from.

A Basil In Winter

This recipe is inspired by a friend who made us hot lemon tea after a long winter hike in upstate New York. Anyone one who knows Matt, knows makes Cyanotypes of basil flowers, grows basil year round and adds it to everything he cooks, so it's no surprise he would find a way to drink it! This recipe calls for fresh lemon basil, a citrus scented and flavored variety, which Matt grows under lights in the winter, but you can substitute other herbs, more readily available such as sweet basil or mint.

Matt's Winter Lemon Basil Tea

1 lemon, no rind

2 sprigs fresh lemon basil

Boiling water

Honey to taste

Peel the rind off a lemon and cut in half, removing any seeds. place each lemon half in a cup. place a sprig of basil in each cup and mash the lemon and basil together, to release the flavors. Pour boiling water in each cup. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. If you don't care for lemon pulp, you may strain the mixture after steeping. Add your favorite honey to taste.

Serves 2 cold people on a winter night.

Welcome To Handmade On Peconic Bay

Using 19th century photographic techniques, artist and photographer Matt Shapoff spends his weekends capturing the marine life, dead or alive, on Peconic Bay, a tidal estuary located between the North and South Forks of Long Island. Matt's favorite subjects are native Peconic fauna and flora, including wild flowers, grasses, and “curiosities” which wash up on the beach, such as crabs, conch shells and sculptural driftwood.

Subjects are directly exposed "in the field", using 19th century photographic techniques to produce single or open edition Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown prints. The Cyanotype is a 19th century photographic process, combining photo sensitized paper with objects and sunlight, to create white silhouettes on a Prussian blue ground. The Van Dyke Brown is a similar process, resulting in white objects on a rich sepia tone ground. Both the natural subject matter and centuries old printing techniques give Matt’s work a decidedly vintage look and feel. The prints are sold individually for framing or made into unique greeting cards and bookmarks.

Matt and his wife Cynthia Rybakoff, a jewelry and graphic designer, have just launched a shop at, featuring Mtt's Cyanotypes, Van Dyke Browns and a collaborative collection of Giclee fine art prints featuring Cynthia's photo illustrations of Peconic specimens in bright colors for the holidays. Cynthia plans to add sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewelry to the mix, in colors inspired by the natural beauty of the Peconic Bay region.

Handmade On Peconic Bay products are also sold at the Parrish Art Museum shop in Southampton, NY and Montage Art & Design in Wilmington, NC. You can also view Matt's gallery at and geo-locate specimens on Google Earth. Read more about Cynthia's jewelry at
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