A Year of Mornings.
3191 Miles Apart.

Photographs by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes.
Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2008. 208 pp., 450 color illustrations., 6x8".

Publisher's Description
The morning hours before the hustle and bustle of the day commences is the perfect time to pause and enjoy a sense of renewal and vitality. On the morning of December 7, 2006, Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes each took 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 document their mornings by posting one photo 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, Oregon–quickly acquired a worldwide following of devotees fascinated by the magical coincidences and pictorial synchronicity of their photographic pairings.

A Year of Mornings collects 236 images–always taken before 10 am without discussion between the two women–from this uniquely 21st century artistic collaboration.
The intimacy of these photographs–discarded clothing, a view of a snowy day from the window, a tablecloth–combined 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 light– the promise of a new day.

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