Heidi Kirkpatrick – Book Arts and Photography

Book Arts…do you like books and art?  Here’s something that blurs the line between reading and photography.  This three-dimensional work of art is called Time To Play by Portland, Oregon based photographer Heidi Kirkpatrick.  I’m very smitten by her unique and creative approaches to photography.  In this piece, she has applied a film positive of two hands onto the open boards of a vintage children’s book.  I love how the illustration seeps through the hands creating a tattooed effect.

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Nikki Segarra and The Mariner’s Descendant

I like to post interesting literary-themed photographs on this blog.  This one comes from Nikki Segarra.  The photograph titled, Namesake is from her series The Mariner’s Descendant.  Photographs from this series will be on display at Panopticon Gallery in Boston beginning on February 28th, 2013 in the exhibition The Things That Seem and Those That Are: Reshaping Photography through Alternative Processes.

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Nikki Segarra, Namesake

Nikki Segarra’s artist statement reads:

“A consuming fear of water, seemingly inherited by my mother piqued my curiosity when I realized that I come from a lineage of mariners.  Hundreds of years and dozens of lives spent on the New England seas, and though I spent most of my life 1300 miles away, I found myself instinctively returning to the same shores that my ancestors have known.

Boxes of evidence and family records of ancestors who drowned, men lost at sea and the wives they left behind, have inspired an inquiry into the relationship between my fear and their lived experiences.  Drawing from the concept of Lamarckian inheritance, I question whether one’s thoughts and fears can be predestined through genomic imprinting.

In these photographs, I play the role of a mariner’s wife, stepping in the shoes of the past by assuming a role so common among my ancestry.  I use the landscape to construct imagery that is indicative of my emotional response as I try to understand ties between my fear and my inherited past.”

Dogtown – words on rocks

bill franson, courage, dogtownNo…I’m not referring to the skateboard company based in Venice, California.  If I were writing this post twenty five years ago, it might have been about that.  This Dogtown is located in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

(via wikipedia)
Roger Babson (founder of Babson College) was interested in the history of an abandoned settlement in Gloucester known as Dogtown. To provide charitable assistance to unemployed stonecutters in Gloucester during the Great Depression, Babson commissioned them to carve inspirational inscriptions on approximately two dozen boulders in the area surrounding Dogtown Common. The Babson Boulder Trail exists today as a well-known hiking and mountain-biking trail. The inscriptions are clearly visible. The boulders are scattered, not all are on the trail, and not all of the inscriptions face it, making finding them something of a challenge. Samples of some of the two dozen inscriptions include: “HELP MOTHER”, “SPIRITUAL POWER”, “GET A JOB”, “KEEP OUT OF DEBT”, and “LOYALTY”.

An exhibition of photographs of these boulders by Bill Franson are on display in the private room at Panopticon Gallery in Boston, MA from January 11 – February 25, 2013.


Field Notes

Sticking with my photography/writing themed posts, I bring to you these images by photographer Rachel Phillips.  Her series Field Notes is comprised of paper houses that she constructed from letters, postcards and envelopes that she found in old shoe boxes in her grandparent’s attic.  She took the process a step further by printing images directly onto the vintage envelopes – each envelope now becomes a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Old stamps, script and cursive penmanship, and dates – going back as far as the 1800’s stand out for me.  She brings new life to what was once the only way to contact a loved one, or reply to a message, or pay a bill.  Remember those days?

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Lost in Learning

Words play an essential part in stories, in transcribing ideas and in lyrics.  In photographer Eva Timothy’s series Lost in Learning: The Art of Discovery, she tackles history’s greatest artists and thinkers, creating “a portrait of an age where exploration was life’s supreme adventure.”

Through her photographs she magnifies and puts under inspection their very words – from book text to manuscripts, maps to sheet music.

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The Last Of His Kind

David Roberts, Bradford WashburnIt starts off Boy Adventurer – which he was.  Written by Cambridge, MA based author and avid climber David Roberts, this book chronicles the life of photographer and mountaineering legend Bradford Washburn.

This is the book that I’ll be starting this week.  If you are in the Boston area, there is an exhibition of Bradford Washburn photographs on display at Panopticon Gallery through February 25th.