A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart

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Princeton Architectural Press, 2008 - Photography - 208 pages
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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.

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User Review  - amelish - LibraryThing

It's real pretty, but I maybe shouldn't have spent money on it. Maybe I'll try looking at a page a day to recreate the experience of following the blog. This book seems like a pleasure best enjoyed slowly. We'll see. Read full review


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Maria Alexandra Vettese is an artist, letterpress printer, and graphic designer in Portland, Maine.

Stephanie Congdon Barnes is an artist and toymaker in Portland, Oregon.

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