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"Afternoon Sun" - Olsen House - Cushing, Maine | by Doug van Kampen
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"Afternoon Sun" - Olsen House - Cushing, Maine

No matter who you are, having a bright, sunny day to enjoy gives one energy and opens up a multitude of possibilities, especially when in Maine!

 

In the words of a legendary photographer I truly admire and have learned from, "Italian families are always making operas out of things..." - Paul Caponigro, Fall 2013.

 

It is far too often when photographers get caught up in the egos of the world when defining their craft and who they are as an artist. What most fail to realize is the most important thing about photography is who you are, and how you affect the images you make...it's not actions, filters, post production/processing, or making your images look like everyone else's. Stay true to your foundations and your work will be your bliss. That being said....

 

I've been to the Olsen house here in Cushing, Maine many times before, but never had the opportunity to enjoy it from the inside. Everything in there has a story and telling that story is something that I have grown to enjoy. Having been the subject of numerous works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including his 1948 painting Christina's World, the Olsen House is now owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and run by the Farnsworth Art Museum located in Rockland, Maine. My attempt at documenting life on this rural, saltwater farm much in the same way Andrew Wyeth did, pales in comparison to the beauty contained in his illustrations and works. Christina, the subject of Christina's World, rarely made it to the second floor due to her disability, but it is said that after the completion of the painting, which depicted her, she quietly made her way to this upstairs room and marveled at what Andrew Wyeth had created on canvas.

 

During much of her life, Alvaro, her brother took care of her, until 1967, when he died. Christina died the following year and many would argue that she died from a broken heart - the death of her brother affected her deeply.

 

For more information about the Olsen House or visiting the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine, please visit the Farnsworth Art Museum's official website. Hope to see you in Maine! -DvK

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Taken on September 7, 2013