We began this project in August of 2001, in part as an aesthetic investigation — how do two photographers see the same thing differently? — and in part because we were, and remain, astonished at the span of cultures found within these 67 counties. In 1992 James Carville’s assessment was that the state was “Philadelphia and Pittsburgh…with Alabama in between.“ Pennsylvania’s agrarian, industrial past, memorialized in places like the Eckley Miners’ Village in Luzerne County, is giving way to an unknown future. Through our photographs, we witness this evolution. As of January 2017 we have photographed in 47 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The project has been exhibited in solo exhibits in Philadelphia, PA, Rosemont PA, Westmoreland County, and as part of the Art of the State Juried Exhibition in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.
For each of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania we create nine pairs of images, pairing one image of Linda’s with one image of Hinda’s. Each diptych becomes one singular image. When we go out to photograph we sometimes choose a specific event, like a county fair, or The “#9 Coal Mining Museum.” Sometimes we choose a county, point to the map and see what we find visually and emotionally compelling. It is our practice to photograph in the same place at the same time, but not necessarily to shadow one another. One of us might be interested in what’s going on backstage at the “Ms. Teen Pennsylvania Pageant” while the other concentrates on the action onstage. When we pair the images we look for what works together. This means there is compelling graphic and emotional reason for the images to be seen together. We arrived at nine pairs for each county rather randomly and have maintained that number throughout the project.
The show will open on Friday, April 7st with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until April 30, 2017.