Photos from Farm Work Project on exhibit

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PUTNEY — The Putney Public Library invites the public to view photographs by Brent Seabrook in a special exhibit that runs Aug. 1 through Sept. 28.

The focus of the exhibition is farm work, farm workers and the work place itself. Seabrook says that "he wants to make a photograph that shows the viewer both a recognizable activity or scene and the psychological depth of the relationship between the subject and the setting."

His large format color photographs depict unusual scenes from particular angles that reflect his desire to expand the meaning of the image. Wrapped hay bales surround a tree in the midst of a field, brush piles crowd the frame in an almost menacing way and two large wheels of cheese sit on a shelf like monuments. Several portraits of farm workers reveal both an intense concentration and an abstracted inner dialogue.

Seabrook's personal Vermont Farm Work Project began after he graduated as a studio art major from Middlebury College in 1971. At that time he was working in an orchard and began photographing every day, all day, all aspects of work and people. He realized that this was his medium and he became a photographer.

Seabrook lives in Marlboro and continues to work at Green Mountain Orchard in Putney. He has exhibited his photographs at the Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, Vermont and Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro. For more information: brentseabrookphotography.com.

Located at 55 Main St., the Putney Public Library is open 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

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