The Coast Walk

Jennifer Steen Booher
Awarded Amount: $5,000

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The Coast Walk is a methodical, long-term exploration of Mount Desert Island’s shoreline.  Booher circumambulates the island, interviewing biologists, fishermen, historians and other stakeholders as she goes.  She writes a photo-essay blog and composes still life photographs as a means of communicating the experience to her audience. The process of gathering information is central to the work, as is the artist’s physical presence on the shore.  Booher began walking on January 1, 2015. The journey will cover roughly 120 miles, and is expected to take six years to complete. The Kindling Fund will support one year of walking.