The morning hours before the hustle and bustle of the day commences is the perfect time to pause and enjoy a sense ofrenewal and vitality.
On the morning of December 7, 2006, Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes eachtook a digital photo of everyday objects randomly arranged on their kitchen tables and, unbeknownst to one another, uploaded them to the website Flickr.
Noticing a remarkable similarity between their images, they agreed to documenttheir mornings by posting one photo to a shared blog every weekday for a year.
Their site, 3191 (http: //3191.visualblogging.com)named after the distance in miles between their homes in Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregonquickly acquired a worldwide following of devotees fascinated by the magical coincidences and pictorial synchronicity of their photographic pairings.
A Year of Mornings collects 236 imagesalways taken before 10 am without discussion between the two womenfrom this uniquely 21st-century artistic collaboration.
The intimacy of these photographsdiscarded clothing, a view of a snowy day from the window, a tableclothcombined with their striking similarities in color and composition defies the reality of their long-distance collaboration.
While clearly kindred spirits, the two women have met in person only once.
Their friendship is maintained solely online, sustained by a shared love for moments of serenity, solitude, and peacefulness.
The annotated photographs in A Year of Mornings radiate an aura of sweetness and lightthe promise of a new day.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages, 450 colour
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
- Publication Date: 16/09/2008
- Category: Photographs: collections
- ISBN: 9781568987842