AS REGULAR readers (along with some well-informed irregular readers) will know, we launched this magazine 10 years ago. The first issue, and quite a few after that, featured photographs shot by a 21-year-old Polish man whose day job was working as a lifeguard at the Congress Hall pool. He had shown an interest in photography while working at the pool and Exit Zero thought highly enough of him to make him our first official photographer. That first year, Maciek Nabrdalik handled his new Canon EOS 10D pretty well.
He went back to Warsaw that fall and returned to Cape May, and to the pages of Exit Zero, the following summer. We noticed his technique had improved a lot — he had secured a job as a staff photographer on a Polish daily paper. Yes, it was clear that Maciek had huge talent, as witnessed by the international awards that he started to accumulate over the following years and the fact that he was recruited by the world-famous photo agency VII.
Now, we’re delighted to see the release of his remarkable new book, The Irreversible, which features portraits and interviews (by Maciek’s wife Agnieszka) with survivors of Nazi death camps. The book has been featured on a number of major websites in the US, including CNN.com, CNBC.com and The New York Times’ site. He has also carried out a series of TV and radio interviews back in Poland. Last week in New York City, the book received its official US launch, along with an exhibition of Maciek’s photographs from the book.
We’re stupendously excited to say he will be at the Exit Zero Store and Gallery at 109 Sunset Boulevard this Friday, September 20, for a special Cape May book launch. Maciek will also host a slideshow of some of his stunning works of reportage from across the world, including his acclaimed series on Chernobyl. The book launch party will run from 5pm until 7pm. So come along and meet this great guy, who will forever be a Cape May legend. See you there!
IT IS the fastest-growing international team water sport in the world, and it’s happening in Cape May September 28. The Chamber of Commerce will host the Dragon Boat Festival on the harbor, during which 44 teams (up 12 from last year) of 22 paddlers will race in teak wood watercrafts a 250-meter distance (that’s an eighth of a mile, for the measurement-challenged among us). The best part? Not just the bragging rights afforded to the winning paddlers — that honor went to the Village Bicycle Shop crew last year — but all of the money this event raises for charity… over $10,000 last year. And it’s this coming together for good that affords such a great energy on the day. “What makes this really cool is the sense of teamwork that’s created,” said Chamber President John Cooke. “And the enormous sense of community.” (Well that, and a Cabanas-sponsored beer garden.)
DO NOT miss out on the Zombie Mud Run happening in Wildwood on October 12. The goal? Keep your brains from being taken by a member of the undead along a 5k course. Visit TheZombieMudeRun.com for more info.