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AMANDA ANTHONY



"Portsmouth Island"
Photography

July 4-27


Portsmouth Island
Photographs by
Amanda Marrion Anthony

Portsmouth Island is a body of photographs that depict an island abandoned nearly 30 years ago. My goal with this series of work is to convey the special aura surrounding the island's village. Though the residents have left, an essence remains. The empty post office, the deserted Coast Guard Station and the hushed church are all unspoken observers of a bygone age. The dust and decay tell us that time has passed but the presence of certain objects such as the church organ and open Bible seem to argue that time is standing still. Evidence of former home sites, houses still standing and those reduced to rubble speak of an era past. They are not waiting for community life to return to this village. Citizenry will probably never return. Yet Portsmouth Island is not simply a deserted township neglected and forgotten.

By combining my own personal vision and self-expression, I have tried to communicate the island's timelessness and tranquility. Through my imagery, I want my viewer to hear the shrill cries of seagulls in flight and the piping of small birds flying from tree to tree. To hear the roar of the ocean swelling and diminishing with the winds and tides sometimes hardly audible, sometimes thundering. To smell the musty odor inside the church created by decaying wood. And, finally, I want my viewer to feel the beauty and mystery that surrounds this little island that was once one of the largest commercial centers on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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Landscape


Henry Piggott House


Post Office and General Store


Post Office Safe


Methodist Church


Coast Guard Sation

 

 

 
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