The Long Way Home


History Lesson
April 17, 2011, 7:48 AM
Filed under: Pennsylvania | Tags: , , ,

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I collect to remember the past. The altar came from a junk shop in Braddock, the Orthodox icon from an estate sale.  A ’70s dress and uncombed hair. Blue-robed virgin from Pennsylvania Dutch country. One saint found in a garden, another in one of my mother’s coat pockets. My great-grandmother and father Dell’Aquila from Puglia. I piece together shards of personal history, through photos, through yellowed scraps of paper that my mother stashed in boxes. I keep having dreams where she is alive. She weaves stories from her place at the kitchen table and when I wake up, it’s as if she visited me in real life. And then there are dreams where she isn’t in them at all, but I feel lost, something amiss, like catching the glimpse of someone leaving a room  before she closes the door behind her.

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I love the mystery of your blog. Your being anonymous in all you photos is just such a beautiful idea!

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Comment by Photobooth Journal

That’s such a nice compliment! I am a huge mystery fan (and things somewhat haunting and creepy), so it’s nice to see this coming out in my work.

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Comment by Lisa

I love how these turned out!
The colors are great and your skin looks like porcelain.

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Comment by jschreckengost

hearts.

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Comment by Lisa

these photos are beautiful. xoxo

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Comment by Sheryl

thank you — that makes me happy!

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