Jon Edwards Statement

Artist Statement
After practicing civil rights and environmental law for over twenty years, I have spent the last seven years photographing inhabitants of islands off the coast of Maine. These individuals live simply, and demonstrate dignity and tenacity when, by choice or lack of opportunity, they are forced to survive under either the harsh economics or isolation of island living, or an increasingly difficult traditional way of life. They reside in remote or isolated beauty, and maintain a direct connection with the natural environment. Their lifestyles demonstrate how far our society has come from the once organic, symbiotic relationships between human communities and natural conditions. My photographs are also meant as a celebration of people and places where the human spirit still connects with the natural world. It is my hope that, like my legal work, they will contribute in some small way to social justice and human progress.

Process Statement
I shoot with medium format and panoranic cameras using black and white film, usually Tri-X, developed in D-76. All prints are developed in a hand mixed developer and selenium toned.

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