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Colors of the East End

As the centerpiece of our Color Issue, we present photographer Eric Striffler's multihued capture of our beloved Hamptons. 

“Red is bold, strong and the most eye catching to me as a photographer. Within the context of my field of view, red speaks first.”

The glowing exterior of the Sag Harbor movie theater

The wallpaper at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton

A player takes a shot during a polo tournament in Bridgehampton.

The watermelon mojito at South Edison in Montauk

A model standing on the shore of the Peconic Bay

Almond’s buttermilk panna cotta with strawberry-rhubarb pop-tart

“Yellow reminds me of the golden light that fuels the life force of everything in nature. From sunrise to sunset, yellow and orange blanket everything in the Hamptons, and it’s hard to be in anything but a good mood with that light.”

A sunflower from philanthropist Pam Michaelcheck’s garden in Southampton

Interior designer Lilian Bakhash’s bedroom in Montauk

Orange poppies on a windowsill in East Hampton

 

Wheat clusters in the Southampton kitchen of former Vogue Italia editor Filipa Fino and husband Stratis Morfogen, founder of Philippe Chow

A yellowjacket (they come out in droves in September)

A dazzling sunset off the Peconic Bay

“We live in this lush environment full of different shades of green—whether it’s the sprawling horse pastures or the undulating woodlands of Napeague.”

Decorator Charlotte Moss in her garden in East Hampton

Leeks and thyme, which are about to go into Sag Harbor-based celebrity chef Kerry Heffernan’s pan-seared sea bass

Shooting Parasol swimwear at Little Plains Beach in Southampton

Swag bags at caterer Mary Giuliani’s Montauk home

The calamari salad at Fresno restaurant in East Hampton

Baby CZ designer Carolina Zapf entertaining at her home on Orient

“I’m a Pisces so I love the water. When I was a kid my mother used to have to scream at me to get me out of the ocean or pool.”

A 1968 Pontiac Executive in front of Bliss’ Department Store in Sag Harbor

Dune fences at Flying Point Beach in Water Mill

The supermoon rising over Flying Point Beach

Sailing in a regatta off Sag Harbor

“Purple is eccentric and fun—a perfectly daring color that’s used in many interiors in the Hamptons.”

The interior of designer Steven Gambrel’s Sag Harbor home

Purple liatris photographed at the Baywoods Garden Center in Water Mill

Beyond the expected sentiments of passion, happiness, tranquility, melancholia and even an aristocratic attitude, color speaks to our need for well-being. It’s used as therapy, as a basis to read auras, and its influence even extends to the gods—in Hindu astrology, the seven colors of the spectrum represent the seven rays of the deities and their designated powers.

These variegated rays shine bright on the vibrantly hued landscape of our cherished Hamptons. In honor of our Color Issue, we present a portfolio from Sag Harbor-based photographer Eric Striffler, who has captured the prismatic emotions that encapsulate the East End’s exuberance.