Closer to Home

PhotographerMarna Bell
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

"Closer To Home" is a collection of photographs taken between 1970 and the present, at local fairs and festivals in New York. The focus of this series is a longing for an idealized time when life seemed simpler. In the 1970s, I started taking photographs of Coney Island. In this microcosmic realm, everything seemed perfect. Several years ago, I found negatives in my attic in plastic sleeves that were severely decomposed. I have revived some of these early images and integrated them with photographs I have taken over the years. The more recent images have offered me a bridge to the kinetic energy of Coney Island. In this fantasy world of the past, excitement and escape is guaranteed, just as it was when I was riding on the merry-go-round with my father, trying to catch the brass ring.