Part of an on-going portrait of my hometown and the prison that consumes it

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Kati, Prague 2014

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trying something new, i guess

B, Prague 2014
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B, Prague 2014

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Images from a new project, 2013 , Crown Graphic 4x5, Kodak Tri-X 320

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I’m exploring my hometown - I’m interested in the maximum security prison that sits directly in the middle of it. I’m curious to deconstruct and explore how this impacts life in the town - both politically and socially. More so, I’m interested in forming and understanding a photographic style and method that will help me visually interpret the questions I have. I’ll be posting more images as the project continues to develop.

Drug Church

Drug Church

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Matt, Wakefield, MA, 2013 , Calumet 8x10, Kodak X-Ray Film 
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Matt, Wakefield, MA, 2013 , Calumet 8x10, Kodak X-Ray Film 

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Drug Church

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Beets, 2013 , Calumet 8x10, Kodak X-Ray Film 
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Beets, 2013 , Calumet 8x10, Kodak X-Ray Film 

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Pete In Our Garden, 2013 , Calumet 8x10, Kodak X-Ray Film 
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Pete In Our Garden, 2013 , Calumet 8x10, Kodak X-Ray Film 

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DAD, FATHER’S DAY 2013. Crown Graphic 4x5, Portra 400
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I guess you could say my dad and I don’t see much of each other. We live in the same town. Probably less than a mile apart. But we never seem to really get our schedules aligned. I kind of always thought we’d be able to work out our differences by now and that we’d have an easier time filling the roles of the whole father and son thing. But as I’m getting older, I’m getting more confused about what those roles entail. It was kind of strange photographing someone who you should be so close to but feel like you don’t really know. It was even stranger seeing so much of myself in him. I don’t understand a lot about him, or our family, or why anything is the way it is. But photographing him sort of helped me work through all of that. My life keeps getting busier and our relationship keeps getting more and more distant. I’d like to get closer to him and understand who he is. I’ve often thought about about doing a long term photo project with him to explore our relationship and document it. But I feel like that’s slightly selfish. Anyway, I think it’s a pretty honest portrait. I think I captured the man I know and all that I see in him. I know this might not completely represent who he is, but maybe I can can continue to photograph him and attempt to find out more about who he truly is.

DAD, FATHER’S DAY 2013. Crown Graphic 4x5, Portra 400

| joe librandi-cowan |

I guess you could say my dad and I don’t see much of each other. We live in the same town. Probably less than a mile apart. But we never seem to really get our schedules aligned. I kind of always thought we’d be able to work out our differences by now and that we’d have an easier time filling the roles of the whole father and son thing. But as I’m getting older, I’m getting more confused about what those roles entail. It was kind of strange photographing someone who you should be so close to but feel like you don’t really know. It was even stranger seeing so much of myself in him. I don’t understand a lot about him, or our family, or why anything is the way it is. But photographing him sort of helped me work through all of that. My life keeps getting busier and our relationship keeps getting more and more distant. I’d like to get closer to him and understand who he is. I’ve often thought about about doing a long term photo project with him to explore our relationship and document it. But I feel like that’s slightly selfish. Anyway, I think it’s a pretty honest portrait. I think I captured the man I know and all that I see in him. I know this might not completely represent who he is, but maybe I can can continue to photograph him and attempt to find out more about who he truly is.