Humans of the Catskills: Elaine Mayes

© Elaine Mayes 1967

Journey to the Catskills:

I came to the Catskills because of Helen Levitt (the great American photographer and cinematographer) who invited me. We stayed six weeks, and I mostly cooked and made a video about where we were. “Summers with Helen” can be viewed on Vimeo.


Film and photography*.


My photography is also my hobby.

Happiness Is:

Enjoying life every day.

Favorite Dish:

Freshly picked veggies from the garden.

* Mayes’ photographic work is included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many other art institutions across the United States. Learn more at and