Photo Portfolio: James Penswick

Cape Cod Life  /  Annual Life 2022 /

Writer: Christina Galt / Photographer: James Penswick 

Chasing Perspective “When I was growing up here on the Cape my father was a captain in the Merchant Marine, but he was also a hobby photographer. So, for as long as I can remember, I was always playing around with cameras,” shares local photographer James Penswick.  Today with his Instagram account, @james.penswick, Penswick shares his love of aerial photography and the Cape with his growing audience. But it wasn’t until just about a year and a half ago, when Penswick traded in his old camera for a drone. “I was inspired by friends that started taking some really incredible photos and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to get into this,’” he says. “I absolutely fell in love with it.” According to Penswick, the first thing you want to do when you purchase a drone is take it up to 400 feet. “You just have this freedom of exploration,” he explains. “What I have since come to realize is some of my favorite shots might just be a few feet off the ground because I can capture sand dunes and other areas that I may not be able to get to by foot.” Instead of putting the drone up to 400 feet and capturing whatever he can, Penswick tries his best to plan his shots. “It’s really funny, because a lot of time I think I have everything mapped out, when the reality of it is sometimes I capture a shot I was not expecting.” He says,“You never know what to expect when you live on the Cape.” Because of the tides near his home next to the canal, Penswick says he can put his drone up at any time of day and the marshes will look completely different. “With every storm where the creek enters into Cape…

Want to read this article and more?

Subscribe today to our Digital Edition to gain full access to this article plus every issue of LIFE or HOME for only $9.95.

Christina Galt

Christina Galt is the Digital Editor at Cape Cod Life Publications. Born and raised on the Cape, Christina has always had a love for the ocean and everything "Cape Cod." She found herself the perfect home away from home at the University of Rhode Island and double majored in Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies. After graduating, Christina came back to the Cape and started her journey at Cape Cod Life. She spends most of her free time with her family, especially her chocolate lab Sadie, and enjoys spending summers on her family’s boat.