GHOST PORTRAITS   2013 - 2014

"Her appreciation of nature's essentials runs deep and is felt on her farm in Kutztown, PA.  After decades of growth, the family
home now sets amongst a canopy of woodland.  It has served as a splendid backdrop for so many of her photographs.
The early experience she had, reinvigorating the countryside with her father, echoes many thematic connections
that she explores within the frame of her lens today."       Marc Londo, SixOneZeroMag

 

In 1968, my father purchased land as an investment. He bought an old dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Raised on a farm himself, and a survivor of two European wars, land seemed a safe and hopeful investment.  My husband and I acquired the farm years later, to raise our family, in a move from New York City. On weekends, my father helped us restore the property. For ten years, every fall, my father, my husband and I, along with two toddlers, planted thousands of seedlings. Pine, scotch, spruce, maple, ash, sycamore and oak. Beech, magnolia, redbud, dogwood, crabapple. Flowering cherry.  Elm, poplar, chestnut, walnut. Forty heirloom apple.  In bare fields I imagined the future, as my children became teenagers and the trees advanced.  My father did not live to see them mature.  Illness took him without asking our permission.  This project is about ghosts that linger.  And memories that endure.