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Gallery Opening: Where Spirits Speak, Ellen DeNuto

  • The Creativity Caravan 28 South Fullerton Avenue Montclair, NJ, 07042 United States (map)
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Ever present the photographer is witness to the world’s pain, beauty, justice, and triumph -creating a visual journal of our time.

When I was a child I asked the Universe to show me everything there was in the world, knowing even then that there would be many things I would not want to see or know. Where Spirits Speak is a series of photographs that address the power of memory and our connection to the past by focusing on objects, places and things that have become lost, abandoned, damaged, or forgotten.  The remains of a life, evidence of human touch, wait silently to be found to reveal their story, speaking quietly of love, life, death, loneliness, solitude, and peace.  

My father’s undershirt, the subject of "What Remains" was found in an old wheelbarrow in the yard of our family home, after his death the following spring. It brought with it vivid memories of his hard work, unexpected death, and a gentle reminder of his presence. While some memories are beautiful, others hold us hostage in our mind and spirit, leaving us unable to move forward and live in the present.  Photographers are the keepers of memories - like it or not, every object, place, and face recalled in a photograph embodies that moment in time, rediscovering it’s remembrance, senses, and emotions. I capture and save them as proof of my existence.