Images of Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill

People / Places / October 7, 2015

First there was the career as a rock guitarist and vocalist in a Spinal Tap-like band. Then came the gig as a staff attorney at a corporate litigation firm in New York.

Now, the artist known as Xiomáro is stepping up to serious photography.

As in naturally lit images of Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill overlooking Oyster Bay in Nassau County, N.Y. It was home and “Summer White House” for the 26th president and his family from 1885 until his death in 1919. And Xiomáro had it basically to himself, as  he soaked up the atmosphere and shot his photos for the National Park Service.

“By the standards of other wealthy people in the area, it was pretty humble,” he says. “He had some parts added, like the iconic North Room – where he met with dignitaries. When I got there, it was the ultimate man cave – you can tell he was an alpha male, with its dark paneling, and a very strong masculine feeling, with the trophy heads.”

It has its feminine touches too, designed for Roosevelt’s wife, Edith. “There’s a parlor where she would meet with the ladies from society – it’s lighter in color, with blue hues,” he says.

On the second floor is the master bedroom with the innovation of a shower, as well as guest rooms and bedrooms for the children. On the third floor is the gun room, spaces for maids and cooks, and under the eaves, a trunk room complete with Edith’s actual luggage.

“I tried to photograph things that people wouldn’t see on a tour,” he says. “The Park Service wanted me to document the house in an artistic way.”

His exhibition of 40 images will go on display on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, N.Y. The white-domed, classical revival-style structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places – and it’s a fitting location for the show.

“It was built in 1900 as a courthouse,” he says. “When Teddy Roosevelt was governor of New York, he laid the cornerstone.”

But if you want to see it, you’ll need to be as nimble and well-timed as Xiomáro’s photographs. The exhibition runs only through Oct. 23.

For a free e-book of the exhibition, go here.


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25 Comments

on October 7, 2015

Precise and crisp interview, Xiomaro.
A bit about Xiomaro:
Xiomaro’s other equally compelling photo-essay, ‘The Other Side’ was featured in the second edition of Aspect Ratio Magazine of Photography, London. Having seen his images of Sagamore Hill and other historically important buildings, AR magazine has invited Xiomaro to submit yet another essay, this time on Theodore Roosevelt and his summer home. His essay and images of Sagamore Hill will be proudly featured in AR in the next edition. Look forward to visiting his exhibit to view the images that are artistic, elegant and aesthetically pleasing. These images have been laboriously mounted, printed and framed by Xiomaro himself. His exhaustive attention to minutest detail becomes apparent when the images are seen in person. Xiomaro is a diligent person who conducts in a highly professional manner. I strongly recommend everyone who can to pay a visit. See you all there.
To Xiomaro…
All the British luck.
From the entire AR team in London.

on October 7, 2015

Compelling photographs of an irresistible history. Wonderful!

on October 7, 2015

Xio displays a special talent for photographing intimate spaces, not only the Roosevelt home, but the Julian Alden Weir home as well. in unique and compelling ways.

on October 7, 2015

Xiomaro, Sadly I am not planning on being Stateside this year. I think, though, your exhibition would be of interest to a UK audience – have you considered approaching the Ambassador in London with a view to hosting the exhibition at the US Embassy? There is a lot of interest in Roosevelt. Best of luck with the exhibition.

on October 7, 2015

Great article, great photos. Very much looking forward to this exhibit!

on October 7, 2015

Nice article and beautiful photos!

on October 7, 2015

Thanks for sharing this bit of history with us!

on October 8, 2015

Great article. Wonderful work by Xio. All the best.

on October 8, 2015

Well done. Excellent work. Deserves success.
OW.

on October 8, 2015

Great article. Wonderful work. All the best.
RKhanna

on October 8, 2015

Xiomáro’s artistic eye helps make history accessible and fun. Splendid stuff!

on October 8, 2015

Love Xio’s pictures. They are beautiful. Would want to see the exhibit one day.

on October 8, 2015

Xiomaro is an accomplished artist who has a unique approach to taking photos. He possesses the ability to make banal look spectacular. Well done to him.
Vic.

on October 8, 2015

Astonishingly interesting and captivating images. A must see.

on October 8, 2015

Superb quality images. I wish I could fly down to New York to see them.

on October 8, 2015

Loved the collection.
Congratulations Xiomaro and Sapna.

on October 8, 2015

Saw the wonderful collection. Never seen historical buildings photographed in such an artistic manner. My congratulations too to Xiomaro. Well done Sapna for your and AR’s support to Xio. Well deserved. Regards, Bhattacharya.

on October 8, 2015

Xio’s photography is breathtaking and emotional. Provoking the viewer to “see” beyond the present and most times, especially his Historical works ,into the past. His passion for both the subject and the viewers’s reactions are spot on. He has inspired me to become a better photographer and I’m proud to lnow him! Congrats on this exhibit and keep bringing the past to the present!

on October 8, 2015

How lucky are we to get a rare glimpse of President Theodore Roosevelt’s home/”The Summer White House” while it was emptied for extensive renovation. Xiomaro does a wonderful job capturing many parts of the home that probably went unnoticed when filled. Now that the house has reopened, it should be even more fun to tour the house after viewing his insightful pictures!

on October 9, 2015

Very evocative photographs indeed. Well done.

on October 9, 2015

Xiomaro is a true artist and quite an inspiration! Beautiful collection, congratulations!

on October 9, 2015

Xiomaro’s photographs provide a uniquely intimate window into Theodore Roosevelt — the man rather than the icon.

And this article and the accompanying images are a great introduction to Xio’s art.

Thank you!

on October 10, 2015

Well done Xiomaro. Fantastic work and article. All the best of the exhibit.

on October 11, 2015

Great work Xio, as always you have an eye for the minute touches as well. Whats really cool is to know the history of Roosevelts and to see glimpses of the house and some things you say oh yes I can relate to that like the dark wood interiors and the little touches from travels. Def when I am in New York this year this will be on my list.

Great!

on October 12, 2015

Great piece of work! Look forward to more!



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