Visit to the Farnsworth Museum

When I was in Rockland, Maine recently I toured the Farnsworth Museum there. Even though it’s known for its collection of Andrew Wyeth paintings, I was drawn to an exhibit by a Japanese photographer named Kurita. He recently had created a project called Beyond Spheres w/ photography focused around the idea “What if Henry David Thoreau was a photographer?” He describes the spheres that he’s trying to capture as land, water and air. In his book, “Walden”, Thoreau describes living life close to one’s natural environment.

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Sense of place

The Farnsworth exhibit w/ photography and writings was beautifully executed. I love what was quoted on one panel.

“In a sense everything is connected in a relationship. Our current social environment is a competition for producing and circulating many products, while stripping the world of its resources. Our relationship to society and environment should not be a competition but a complimentary one, giving importance to harmony, and to a quiet and “simple shared habitat”. 

I was surprised to realize how close this describes what I believe. And that I found it unexpectedly in a museum on a lazy day walking in a little seaport town in Maine.

– Rick

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