ABOUT THE BOOK
Emily Dickinson wrote that all it takes to make a prairie is “one clover, and a bee. / And revery.” It turns out that to know a prairie (or meadow) is a bit more complicated, as photographer Barbara Bosworth and writer Margot Anne Kelley have discovered. For more than a decade, Bosworth and Kelley have meandered in, studied and photographed a single meadow in Carlisle, Massachusetts. In addition to their own investigations, they have invited botanists, entomologists, naturalists and historians to consider the meadow with them. Also included are historic maps of the property dating to the 1800s, and a transcription of notes from a former owner whose family has continuously documented plant and bird life in the meadow from 1931 until the 1960s.
Part photo-essay, part journal and part scientific study, this book is a meditation on the shifting perspective that occurs when one repeatedly sees the same place through new eyes.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Barbara Bosworth graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1975, and received an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983. She is professor of photography at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. One-person exhibitions of Bosworth’s photographs have been held at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach (1987), the Cleveland Museum of Art (1988), the Missoula Museum of Art (1996), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2008), the Phoenix Art Museum (2008), and the Peabody Essex Museum (2012-13). In 1987 Bosworth was one of seventeen photographers selected to participate in “America’s Uncommon Places: Sites from the National Register of Historic Places,” a traveling exhibition sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Margot Anne Kelley graduated with a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross. She received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Indiana University, and later an M.F.A. in media and performing arts at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. In 2011, after many years teaching photography and art theory at the Art Institute of Boston, Kelley became the Interim Director of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Her writings have been featured such publications as Antipodas, African American Review, Interfaces, The Maine Review, Modern Drama, and numerous anthologies, among them Ethnicity and the American Short Story (Routledge, 1997) and Quilt Culture: Tracing the Pattern (Missouri, 1994).