Circumference

Went out upon Circumference—
Beyond the Dip of Bell—

from poem 378

I photographed Emily Dickinson’s bedroom for over a year, focusing on the corner where she wrote and the windows on either side. I began the project shortly after moving from New York City to Dickinson’s hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts. Moving to the country from the city was like walking into a dark room after being in the bright sun; everything felt different but I couldn’t see well enough to articulate why. I wanted to better understand the way of seeing that my new home encouraged – one that was slower and subtler – and Dickinson and her poetry embody this kind of looking. In New York I photographed almost frenetically, trying to capture everything; in Amherst I wanted to capture one thing, slowly.

Circumference images