Went out upon Circumference—
Beyond the Dip of Bell—
from poem 378
For one year I photographed the corner of Emily Dickinson’s bedroom where she wrote all of her poetry. For much of Dickinson’s life she chose to remain secluded in her room, rarely leaving or seeing visitors. By photographing this potent corner, I am not trying to replicate what Dickinson might have seen, but rather trying to convey a space that invited a deep concentration. The room has since been renovated and this wall paper removed, but the light in the corner is the same. This small corner led to expansive poetry.
“Circumference,” is a concept important to Dickinson; she used this word in her poetry and letters to describe, in part, the boundary between the visible and the invisible, the physical and the transcendent.