MacDowell’s View

MacDowell’s View, Looking Southwest

2013
Looped, single channel color HD video and sound, still image
TRT 3:30

A slide projector is placed inside a small cabin illuminating the exterior view intersected by the mullion grid of the antique window.  A rock embankment sticks out from the snow and into the distance on the left edge of the composition.  The installation is documented by a 15 second exposure during civil-twilight with the camera aligned directly below the projected silhouette.

The fixed perspective of the window offers a singular aperture for all visitors to Edward MacDowell’s studio at the colony that bears his name in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  In shedding light onto the view and photographing it, I briefly freeze the world beyond, marking an ephemeral portrait of place where the natural and the built intersect.