Like Vivian Maier's work, the photos are a time capsule of a place and time from the point of view of a female photographer focused on the act of creating photos and documenting moments. Seeing their own work, sharing the photos, or even developing their film seem to be less important motivators.
Harvard Library recently digitized and shared one Virginia Woolf's photography albums covering a period from approximately 1890 through her death in 1941. She was an dedicated photographer who started in her teens and continued through her entire life. The albums are full of portraits (including E.M. Forster and Yeats), travel photos, and some wonderful landscapes. One photo from the collection stood out to me--a portrait of Sophia Farrell...
Photograph created in Montana. Everytime I am in Montana, I think of Doug Peacock and his words:
“The whole concept of 'wild' was decidedly European, one not shared by the original inhabitants of this continent. What we called 'wilderness' was to the Indian a homeland, 'abiding loveliness' in Salish or Piegan. The land was not something to be feared...
Photograph created along an imaginary line and a poem by Alberto Ríos.
The Border: A Double Sonnet
The border is a line that birds cannot see.
The border is a beautiful piece of paper folded carelessly in half.
The border is where flint first met steel, starting a century of fires.
The border is a belt that is too tight, holding things up but...