Since 2010 when I was first introduced to the Stephan Pace house, I have wanted to find a way back. For a short weekend trip that was shared with 13 other students in the MECA photography department, the Pace home was magical for the endless opportunities it offered. The small nooks and crannies, to the gigantic barn, the house was the perfect stage for images to be made and for one’s imagination as crazy as mine, to go absolutely wild. As the trip was designed around the education of large format photography, something that I had already been familiar and using as my medium for 2 years, I was helping students the majority of the time with techniques and common difficulties.
Even in just those few days, I found everything to be a perfect attraction to my aesthetic. I was able to capture the light that is only found in Maine and the nostalgia that comes from old homes and sea towns. Originally, I thought I wasn’t able to capture as much as I wanted because of the amount of people and the time not fully spent on my own work, but when I got home after 2 days, I gathered my film and realized I hit jackpot. The images that I took were not necessarily fitting for my Thesis work however, so for the time, they were pushed aside. Now, as I go back and look at those images, I am reminded of how much work there is left to be made at the Stephan Pace house.
As I know that work on Wunderkammer will be ongoing this summer,I plan to work on making images as well as writing in depth. As well as creating new photographs I will be spending time developing my ideas and finalizing the concept of the series. It takes a bit of solitude in order to immerse in my process and the Stephen Pace House is the perfect conductor for production.
Andrew and I will be going the end of August for a week to the Stephan Pace house as part of a Maine College of Art residency. We could not be more excited! The light will be changing and I will be focusing on writing as well as finalizing images that I’m desperate to make. Andrew will be working in the studio that hasn’t be used in forever at the Pace house. Can’t wait to see what we make!
These are images from the last time I was there….. Granted this time I won’t have these ladies to work with, but I plan on continuing with the still life set up and working with nature more.