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Artist - Ann Arbor

Farmington Photographer Ann Arbor will be exhibiting her work at SugarWood Gallery in Farmington during the month of August. An Open House Reception will be held Friday, August 2nd from 4 to 7, and Saturday, August 3rd from 11 to 3 at 248 Broadway in Farmington. The public is invited.

Ann Arbor is a photographer and poet who grew up in Mexico, Maine, worked in the local paper mill, and attended college in Massachusetts. She has taught English to students from pre-kindergarten to graduate school, coached college basketball, and served as foreign expert at four major Chinese universities.

As a photographer she has published work in national and international magazines ranging from The Chicago Tribune to Geo (Germany).  Recent one-person shows include Ambassadors of Light in Hangzhou, China, At Home in the World in North Carolina, and two shows at the University of Maine-Farmington, one in 2012 to celebrate the retirement of Theo Kalikow as UMF President, the other in conjunction with the honorary doctorate bestowed upon Ann by UMF in 2009.  Her photographs are held in private collections in Great Britain, Mexico, China, and throughout the United States.

Ann says “I don’t take photographs.  They are given to me by my subjects.  They happen in co-operation with the weather, the light, the camera, and the people involved.  They depend upon trust, a deep respect for the natural world, and a healthy community.  When people live in healthy, natural communities, the fire that burns in them can show its light.  Some might call this “soul.”  Gerard Manley Hopkins, my favorite poet, called it “inscape,” the inner landscape of each individual, each place. 

I try to find that inscape in the portraits and scenes I photograph.  I search for familiar experiences expressed in fields and on faces, a feeling of shared values in the various cultures around me.  I want to gaze into the faces of others and learn to understand what brings tears to their eyes, what creates their wonderful wrinkles.”

                                                                                                                                  Artist photo by Peggy C'Connell

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