I’m channeling the photographer and novelist Wright Morris today. I came across a compelling photograph by Morris, Drawer with Silverware, Home Place, taken in 1947. I cut the page with this picture from an old photography book purchased at a library book sale and taped it to the wall in my studio. I’ve lived with the image for a good while, and I’ve studied Morris’ work.
In the 1940’s Morris returned, with his camera, to Nebraska where his parents had grown up, to the family farm, “the home place.” In Morris’ own words, his images employ an “organic simplicity.” Throughout his work, Morris used the details of home and daily routines to preserve a way of life threatened by change and uncertainty.
Maybe it is this need for an anchor against the confusion of change that makes such photographs timeless.