“Place is security, space is freedom. We are attached to the one, and long for the other.” Yi-Fu Tuan, Space and Place
In 2014, I moved to an abandoned 1875 farmhouse just shy of the Canadian border in the Lake Champlain Islands of Vermont. The half-acre parcel where the house stands is full of shards of glass long discarded, stones embedded with ancient fossils, invasive plant species and wild medicinal plants. Wind howls as the lake freezes in late Fall and snow begins to blanket the landscape. The ebb and flow of the seasons and the relationship to the ever-changing lake define life here.
I've been continually photographing this house and the surrounding landscape using a medium format camera and color film. The slow process of film allows me to connect more intentionally to the places I photograph, responding to both the physical terrain and the energy this place holds. I further physically manipulate the negatives, embracing permanent decay, change and imperfection.
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