A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart by Stephanie Congdon BarnesA Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart by Stephanie Congdon Barnes

A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart

byStephanie Congdon Barnes, Maria Alexandra Vettese

Paperback | September 30, 2008

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The morning hours before the hustle and bustle of the day commences is the perfect time to pause and enjoy a sense ofrenewal and vitality. On the morning of December 7, 2006, Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes eachtook a digital photo of everyday objects randomly arranged on their kitchen tables and, unbeknownst to one another,uploaded them to the website Flickr. Noticing a remarkable similarity between their images, they agreed to documenttheir mornings by posting onephoto to a shared blog every weekday for a year. Their site, 3191 (http://3191.visualblogging.com)named after the distance in miles between their homes in Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregonquickly acquired a worldwide following of devotees fascinated by the magical coincidences and pictorial synchronicity of their photographic pairings. A Year of Mornings collects 236 imagesalways taken before 10 am without discussion between the two womenfrom this uniquely 21st-century artistic collaboration. The intimacy of these photographsdiscarded clothing, a view of a snowy day from the window, a tableclothcombined with their striking similarities in color and composition defies the reality of their long-distance collaboration. While clearly kindred spirits, the two women have met in person only once. Their friendship is maintained solely online, sustained by a shared love for moments of serenity, solitude, and peacefulness. The annotated photographs in A Year of Mornings radiate an aura of sweetness and lightthe promise of a new day.
Stephanie Congdon Barnes is an artist and toymaker in Portland, Oregon. Maria Alexandra Vettese is an artist, letterpress printer, and graphic designer in Portland, Maine.
Title:A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles ApartFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:Princeton Architectural PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful book As a photography lover and a letter-writing lover, this book is perfect for me. The images really capture a feeling and tell a story. A great gift for a creative person in your life.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple living and everyday details I've been a fan of Maria Vettese's photography and letterpress prints ever since I discovered her work online (http://www.port2portpress.com). This book is a wonderful collection of the blog that she and Stephanie Barnes collaborated on online. It really shows the appreciation of the little details and pleasures that surround the both of them with a focus on mornings. Follow the current incarnation of their 3191 Miles Apart blog here: http://3191.visualblogging.com.
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original and beautiful A Year of Mornings is one of the books that I won and received from Merlin at Indigo. This book was not what I initially thought it was, but after taking a nice, long look at it, I love it! This book's basic premise is actually one that I would never have thought of. The two collaborators Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes decided to take a picture of their life each morning - to reflect what was going on in their own lives each morning for a year. So, this book is loaded with photos of early morning events - from cats sleeping on the bed, to empty coffee cups to half-eaten toasts. There are no words attached to any of the photos, but rather these are separated by seasons. The whole theme of the book works very, very well. You can feel some mornings are calmer than others and some are lazier than others. In some, you can even figure out which season you are in without having to look at the intro part. The pictures are great and some are touching, some are inspirational and some are just plain everyday - but as mentioned, it works. This book is quite beautiful and serene at the same time.
Date published: 2009-01-01

Editorial Reviews

"I give A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart, by Marai Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes. It's a collection of photographs taken by two friends who live across the country from each other. The pictures - two for every day of the year - are gorgeous and inspiring." --Real Simple