UPDATE: An Archive of Time: A Life Lived in the Boston Athenaeum
For the past year and a half I have had the pleasure of photographing the circulating collection of the Boston Athenaeum in Boston, MA, as a recipient of their Community Fellowship. During this time I have been working to create a photographic archive and book piece.
Worn and weathered through age and use, every detail tells a story of the book’s history.An Archive of Time: A Life Lived in the Boston Athenæumexplores the open-shelf collection in the Boston Athenæum - bringing attention to the tears, folds, broken spines, and cobwebs that map the surfaces of the books. This project highlights and celebrate these details instead of shunning them as imperfections.
Standing in the stacks, there is a sense of being surrounded by the impact of everyone who have ever been influenced by these books. There is evidence of those who have left their mark on the books, and who have likewise had the books influence them. This photographic archive freezes the library as it exists currently, creating a new timeline apart from the original. Similar to facsimiles of books created for accessibility and preservation and how the original material and the facsimile will continue to age and change, but in different ways and at different rates. - Kristina McComb
In December I had the privilege to present a final draft of An Archive of Time: A Life Lived in the Boston Athenaeum to the Boston Athenaeum. The project has now moved into finishing touches on the box. The mini-library box and volume I now available for pre-order, detail sheet can be downloaded here or on my website.
Photographic documentation of the project is now up on my website. Included alongside the photographs in Volume I, is Haunting the Future an essay written by Ashley Peterson, Research Librarian at SMFA at Tufts.
Collected Stories Abigail Ogilvy Gallery
460 Harrison Ave. #C7, Boston, MA
December 19th- February 17th
Holly Harrison and I's duo show is up for a little longer. I will be in the gallery during February First Friday, February 1st 6-9pm, stop by and say hi if you are in the area.