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New England’s Greener Side Emerges at PRC

Exhibition celebrates seasons and sights of the region


Gritty sidewalks and dirty cars might be the view outside your window, but nature is on display inside the Photographic Resource Center.

In the exhibition New England Survey, six photographers have turned their lenses on the landscape, says curator Leslie K. Brown. The PRC’s walls are hung with Barbara Bosworth’s misty morning views of Carlisle, Mass., Paul Taylor’s eerie black-and-white trees along the Connecticut River in New Hampshire, and Tanja Alexia Hollander’s never-ending horizons in Maine.

Thad Russell chose a few images from a series documenting his parents’ lives in Vermont, as his mother succumbed to cancer. All of the images in this exhibition are details of their property, outside the home.

“For me, this project is about reconnection, to nature, to my parents, to photography,” says Russell, who worked with his father, Sam, to build the wood frames for the pictures. “When we built the frames, my dad kept saying, ‘Embrace the imperfection.’”

The layered, distorted Polaroids of Connecticut at the PRC entrance were taken by Janet L. Pritchard, whose work mimics 19th-century photographic images. “I allow room for chance,” she says. “Walking outside, with my camera, is where I like to be. Sometimes I prefer trees to people.”

Jonathan Sharlin’s black-and-white Rhode Island images are not a single image. Two tunnels and two bridges, for instance, were shot at different times and placed together.

“When I photograph, I don’t see color; I see light and space,” Sharlin says. “I take my camera with me on walks in the woods, and I started shooting these pieces one at a time. Then I decided to replicate the experience, seeing it from another side.”

New England Survey will be on display through May 11, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the Photographic Resource Center, 832 Commonwealth Ave. The exhibition is free.

Kimberly Cornuelle can be reached a kcornuel@bu.edu.


2 Comments on New England’s Greener Side Emerges at PRC

  • Anonymous on 04.04.2008 at 2:39 pm

    beauty-ful images

    This looks like an amazing show. The landscapes are definitely not what I would expect as traditional. These photographers are exceptional AND they represent New England art… makes me proud.

  • Anonymous on 04.04.2008 at 2:40 pm

    Just saw this link!

    And had to stop by. Thanks!

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