Writes Thulin in his Artist Statement, “In the early 1900s, my great grandfather settled on an island off the coast of Maine because it resembled his homeland of Sweden. As result of his attachment to this landscape, my family has returned to Gray's Point each summer for over a century. His entire life, he shared exquisitely detailed accounts of the early settlers of the New England apple orchard farm that included such characters as a one-legged ship cook, a widowed schoolteacher, and an ingenious Native American blacksmith.
“The tales were an intricate mix of history and lore that fueled my imagination and often had the power to transform floorboard creaks and shadows into enduring ancestral spirits. This deeply personal photographic sequence presents a unique memoir weaving the magical aura of a shared, historical record together with the mysterious dreams met on dark moonless nights when one does not know if their eyes are open or closed.”
All images © Paul Thulin
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