Penobscot Bay was the site of The Collective Quarterly's fifth issue. As a magazine, we aim to discover the essence of a region during a moment in time. When we visited Maine, we found a place trying to come to terms with its waning natural resources and its disappearing social culture. (Only a few decades ago, there were 300 inhabited islands off the coast. Now there are 15.)

After multiple visits over two years, we learned that when you and your kind live shoulder-to-shoulder at the edge of the sea, and suck your life from it each day, it’s almost akin to being a barnacle. You learn to hold fast to your piece of the rock, and you grow a tough crust—one that can handle the waves and the weather, and keep your neighbors in their place. You strike a Faustian bargain with the ocean: It brings you alive, but all the while it’s pounding on you.

Despite this tumult—or perhaps because of it—Maine is a wild, fascinating destination for the visually-minded. And because we've spent so much time developing a rich network of local friends and guides who are willing to open their doors to us, we can take you to places most outsiders don’t get a chance to see. 


  • Sunday, August 20 through Friday, August 25th, 2017
  • Six days, five nights.