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6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm)
Paperback
208 pages
450 color illustrations
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568987842
Price: $24.95
    
Year of Mornings, A
3191 Miles Apart
Maria Alexandra Vettese, Stephanie Congdon Barnes

Available for the Kindle at amazon.com.
The morning hours before the hustle and bustle of the day commences is the perfect time to pause and enjoy a sense of renewal and vitality. On the morning of December 7, 2006, Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes each took 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 document their 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, Oregon--quickly acquired a worldwide following of devotees fascinated by the magical coincidences and pictorial synchronicity of their photographic pairings.

A Year of Mornings collects 236 images--always taken before 10 am without discussion between the two women--from this uniquely 21st century artistic collaboration. The intimacy of these photographs--discarded clothing, a view of a snowy day from the window, a tablecloth--combined 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 light--the promise of a new day.


Stephanie Congdon Barnes is an artist and toymaker (Little Birds Handmade) in Portland, Oregon.

Maria Alexandra Vettese is an artist who uses her letterpress, her camera, and a frequent indulgence in daydreaming to sort out her creative ideas. Along with running her little business, port2port press, she co-curates Lines & Shapes, a small book collective. She works out of an inspiration-lined, light-filled studio and resides with her two cats in Portland, Maine.

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