Photo Portfolio: The Sunset Experiment

Cape Cod Life  /  2019 Annual / ,

Writer: Allyson Plessner / Photographer: Kevin Friel 

Photo Portfolio: The Sunset Experiment


Cape Cod Life  /  2019 Annual / ,

Writer: Allyson Plessner / Photographer: Kevin Friel 

The Cape Cod Canal from the Bourne Bridge

The Cape Cod Canal from the Bourne Bridge • December 29, 2018

“I think the thing that inspires me most is the pursuit of catching something ‘different’ with my camera,” says Kevin Friel. In an effort to do just that, Friel undertook “The Sunset Experiment,” a project where he set out to capture every sunset of 2018. He shot in all kinds of conditions, forgoing nighttime plans to explore the Cape and Islands, chasing each day’s unique sunset. “My favorite part of this project was by far all the people I got to meet while I was out there catching light,” he says. “I’ve had so many people reach out to me about an image I took to tell me how much it means to them.”

It’s no secret that sunsets are one of Cape Cod Life Publisher Brian Shortsleeve’s favorite photography subjects—celebrated every week on Instagram with Cape Cod Life’s #sunsetsunday series. As Cape Cod Life enters its 40th anniversary, there is no more fitting way to celebrate than by sharing a thoughtful, hard-earned project such as this one. Friel has truly captured the magic of Cape Cod—from serene summer nights to the moments when Mother Nature seems determined to let her fury show—and he’s dome so in a manner that requires persistence, dedication and a true appreciation of this beloved region.

“Now that The Sunset Experiment has come to an end, I am hoping to get back to a normal sort of life full of watching my nephews play basketball and enjoying ‘Jeopardy.’ I had to go almost six months without watching my favorite show,” says Friel with a laugh. One thing fans should watch out for, though: his upcoming “Wilderness Project.”

The Knob, Falmouth

The Knob, Falmouth • June 27, 2018

Water Street, Woods Hole

Water Street, Woods Hole • February 2, 2018

Old Silver Beach, Falmouth

Old Silver Beach, Falmouth • April 14, 2018

Bourne's Pond, Falmouth

Bourne’s Pond, Falmouth • June 19, 2018

Chappoquoit Beach

Chappoquoit Beach • June 30, 2018

Woodneck Beach, Falmouth

Woodneck Beach, Falmouth • July 6, 2018

Bristol Beach, Falmouth

Bristol Beach, Falmouth • February 12, 2018

Falmouth Harbor

Falmouth Harbor • August 24, 2018

Woods Hole Golf Course

Woods Hole Golf Course • March 16, 2018



Sea Crest Beach Hotel

“I like different photos for different reasons,” says Friel, explaining that emotional days or ones with big events often make
a photo stand out in his mind. This is one of his favorites.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel • August 18, 2018

See more from Friel’s Sunset Experiment below and on the cover of the 2019 Cape Cod LIFE Annual Guide! And follow Friel on Facebook (Waquoit Photography Studio) and Instagram (@waquoitphotographystudio)!

Allyson Plessner

Allyson Plessner is a former editorial intern for Cape Cod Life and now works for the publication as a staff writer and digital media coordinator. Born in Florida, Allyson has been a lifelong summer resident of the Cape. She is a recent alumna of the College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, where she completed bachelor’s degrees in both English and Spanish. In her free time, Allyson is an avid sailor, beach-goer, and—like her fellow Cape Cod Life colleagues—a dog-lover.