Fence Line Poetry Fencepost #5
Cyanotype on Fabric and Acetate Film, 16 x 20 Framed
I love the line and the pattern of an old fence. Its weather-worn wooden posts no longer standing straight. The wires bent by time and one too many cows getting a good scratch. A fence is a blending of positive and negative space. Barbed wire tells us to stay out, or to not go any further. It protects what is inside its borders and sharply rebukes those who defy it.
Currently, we are all feeling both the positive and the negative effects of our isolation. The average distance between fenceposts is six to eight feet so they know more about Social (Physical) Distancing than we ever will. We will make it through. We might we a little worn and crooked but, we will be alright.
Jessie Swimeley finds great joy uncovering beauty and significance in the insignificant. Her passion for photography started at the age of six when her father handed her a camera. Growing up in Wyoming she has always had a love of rural places and their history. Jessie uses digital and alternative process photography to give voice to the abandoned places and forgotten treasures of the West.
Jessie received her BA in Photography from the University of Oregon and is the President of the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance. Her work is held in private collections in the US, Europe, and Australia. Jessie’s work is shown regularly throughout the Treasure Valley in curated and juried exhibitions. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho with her partner Joel and Inky the cat.