[I took this one while we were camping in Ithaca, NY this past June. This is our KIA rental car. Due to the difference in cameras, I had a really hard time achieving the proper angle for this shot. Shore was using an 8x10 camera at the time, which lead him to have alot more control over each shot - unlike me with my Canon 5D Markii with a 50mm lens. Despite the camera differences, I think it came out pretty good in the end]
Bottom: Natural Bridge, New York
[Again, I used our KIA rental car for this shot…hey, you gotta make use of what you’ve got when you arrive at some of these locations. This one was particularly difficult to find because Shore did not title this image with the street name, as he did on many of his others. We are becoming more familiar with the routine of his travels though as we go along, and we know he usually stayed on the main routes of these small towns (Main Streets, the Route 1s, 2s, and 6s of our country). After a few too many laps around this area we finally found our spot, parked the car and I began re-composing the scene. The owner of this house was outside hanging her laundry on the clothesline…naturally, we crossed the street and showed her the book. She lived in that house her whole life, her daughter was born the same year that Shore took the original photo (we met her too) in 1974. The woman did not recall ever seeing Shore outside her house with his big camera but she said back then there was a bar on the side of their house (now a post office) and people were always out and about on the street. She did not know who’s car that was, “probably some drunk’s, haha” or maybe it was Shore’s and he was also using what he had for the shot….ya never know.]
West Avenue, Great Barrington, MA, October 5, 2013
Left: Shore’s photograph taken on July 12th, 1974
Right: My photograph taken on October 5th, 2013
By far, this has been the easiest one for us to find. The number on the house and the street name may have had something to do with it. Although there was not much of an adventure in finding this particular location, our excitement remained the same. We were in awe at how little this house had changed. The same exact structure stood before us, almost 40 years later. The most obvious and exciting aspect about this photograph are the tiny saplings that line the left side of the yard…Now 39 years later, they are almost 3-4 stories high, hiding the houses you see in Shore’s original.
This location, although so simple in composition and search, has become one of my new favorites in this series.
[This was an easy find for us, the buildings were pretty much exactly the same, even the cursive numbers on the center white house, which you can’t see because of that huge tree…and the mini vans…always the mini vans.]
Top: Twentieth Street and Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bottom: Twenty-First Street and Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
[These two locations were particularly fun to find because we were there on the exact same day, June 21st, as Shore was exactly 40 years ago in 1974. This is very rare for us to be there on the same day, let alone the same time of the year, considering we have to go on these adventures whenever we get the chance, time off from work, and the extra money to hit the road. We got very lucky on this past trip!]
My friend and collaboration partner Diana Puglisi and I have been working on a couple of projects together ever since we started our MFAs at MassArt. Diana is in the MFA Painting Department (although she dabbles in all the arts!) and she has been an amazing person for me to join forces with on particular projects. My photo mind and her 2D mind make a goooood combo!
Here is a recent project that we have been working on about memories and how they can be triggered through photographs.
New England Photo Biennial Opening! So great to hang with all the artists and meet the very talented Noritaka Minami, who I have the pleasure of sharing a gallery wall with! What a great turnout tonight 🎉👌☺ #brittanymarcoux #danforthart #newenglandphotobiennial #artopening #NoritakaMinami (at Danforth Art)
Today was a good day. I got accepted into the New England Photography Biennial at the Danforth Art Museum along with 44 other talented photographers. The image above (The Sea! The Sea!) is the accepted photograph, from a new series I am working on this summer, Into The Mystic, taken with my 8x10 camera. It will be shown as a framed 24" x 30" Print on Museo Silver Rag paper.
The show will be on view from September 8th - November 3rd.
I hope all you New Englanders can make it to the opening on Saturday, September 21, 6-8 pm