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Women of Provincetown, Cape Cod

Post by Matt Quinn » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:17 am

Originally displayed in 2005, these large scale photographs (see person in boat for scale) were intended to hang for 2 years on the side of a warehouse, but they have endured wind, sun and storm, much like the Portuguese women the exhibit was intended to honor. The photographer, Norma Holt, sought to highlight the careworn lines of the women's faces, etched by years of industry and exposure to the weather. Emphasizing the matriarchal aspect of the fishing culture, she contrasted it to the tradition of "celebrating the male in his heroic encounter with the mighty sea." Four of the original five photos have survived. I didn't have time to visit the library to learn whether any of these women are still alive.
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Post by LindaShorey » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:56 pm

What a lovely tribute!
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Post by minniev » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:39 pm

Nice capture and conversion of an interesting display. It is always a challenge to make art out of photos of art. You have done well here.
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Post by Mike D » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:15 pm

It suggests a time when people were more willing to take care of business and get things done and I believe that the original photographer would like your rendition as sell.

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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:28 am

LindaShorey wrote:What a lovely tribute!


Yes, Linda, P'town struggles with its identity. Emphasizing its history as a Portuguese fishing community is an effort to show pride and express hope. Thanks for looking and commenting. Several years ago, I took another photo of this with my wife on the near pier looking at this mural on the far one, and titled it "Five Strong Women." Our children loved it. My wife shook her head. Matt
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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:29 am

minniev wrote:Nice capture and conversion of an interesting display. It is always a challenge to make art out of photos of art. You have done well here.


Thanks Minnie. See my reply to Linda for more info. Matt
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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:30 am

Mike D wrote:It suggests a time when people were more willing to take care of business and get things done and I believe that the original photographer would like your rendition as sell.


Thanks Mike. See my reply to Linda for more info. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:49 am

I really like this, as an image, and as a tribute to these beautiful women! It reminded me of the commercial What if we treated great female scientists like they were stars? And being curious I wanted to know more about the women in them and the one that was lost - "They Also Faced the Sea"

The image itself is wonderful and beautifully processed. Thank you for sharing this with us! S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:06 am

Steve, Yes, that is the title of the display. They faced the sea in all its merciful and merciless challenges. Hard lives. Matt
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