Virtual Gallery: “Uncovered” Photographs by Anne Brown
Friday, January 1, 2021 – Sunday, January 31, 2021
The Camden Public Library kicks off the new year with a virtual art show that honors our universal longing to see faces again. During the month of January, the library will exhibit an online show of portraits called “Uncovered” by Rockland-based photographer Anne Brown. In conjunction with the show, Brown appeared in a program via Zoom on Tuesday, January 12, at 6:00 pm with a slideshow of her work, and to discuss why she felt compelled to relocate from the Boston area to midcoast Maine in the middle of a pandemic. You can watch by clicking below:
Brown has generously offered to donate 20% of any sales from her website http://www.annebrownphoto.com/ or photography commissions during the month of January to support the Camden Public Library.
I want to see faces again, and not only the ones peering back at me from a computer screen. They say eyes are the window to the soul, but they’re not enough. I crave expressions, especially smiles that light people up.
After being in isolation for almost a year, I yearn to travel, meet interesting people, and experience meaningful connections that I will once again capture through my camera lens.
This collection of photographs was taken pre-COVID, during my travels around New England, from the tip of Cape Cod to northernmost Maine. I’m drawn to ordinary people that exude authenticity. There are usually only a few moments to capture the true essence of someone before they become self-conscious in front of the camera. Many people find it unsettling to be “seen.”
I believe that our long-standing “timeout” caused by the pandemic has given us all much needed time for inner reflection and to work through who we are and what is most important to us.
When this pandemic is behind us, and it’s time for the masks to finally come off, we will be called to lay bare our transformed selves. I hope then, we will all be able to look a bit more deeply and truly SEE one another.
I am an extremely curious person who is constantly observing and synthesizing the world around me. I find beauty everywhere. I have deep roots in New England and am happiest when exploring the unique places and people of this special part of the world.
In my work, I attempt to capture the true essence of a place or a person. I deeply value simplicity, social justice and community, and I believe in nature’s ability to teach and heal us. I actively pursue projects that explore these themes.
As a photographer and videographer, I am mostly self-taught but have taken intensive workshops throughout Boston, Maine, and Arizona.
In addition to my love of photographing people, I enjoy spending time in nature and capturing rural landscapes and seascapes, especially throughout coastal Maine and Outer Cape Cod.
I recently moved to Rockland from the Boston area where I grew up. I fell in love with the midcoast after spending time vacationing in the area, cruising Penobscot Bay, and taking courses at Maine Media Workshop & College.
You can see more of my work at: www.annebrownphoto.com. During the month of January, I will donate 20% of all sales from my website to support the Camden Public Library.