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Mary Haggerty, Photographer
American Journal: a collection of off beat small town road trips.


My greatest fear is having a boring life.

So, I hit the road…

I have always been fascinated with observing people. I decided that I wanted to tell stories about America. I would do this by recording it's people and places. I use photography to stop time and to tell stories of only one moment. I chose to make photographs in small towns because that's where I believe you find the heart of America.

In American Journal I have made a photographic record of people, I make a photograph of a person that will tell an entire story in only one rectangular frame. I have photographed people and places to show how…

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  • Joined January 13, 2008

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About

Mary Haggerty, Photographer
American Journal: a collection of off beat small town road trips.


My greatest fear is having a boring life.

So, I hit the road…

I have always been fascinated with observing people. I decided that I wanted to tell stories about America. I would do this by recording it's people and places. I use photography to stop time and to tell stories of only one moment. I chose to make photographs in small towns because that's where I believe you find the heart of America.

In American Journal I have made a photographic record of people, I make a photograph of a person that will tell an entire story in only one rectangular frame. I have photographed people and places to show how wonderful and interesting and varied they are. I take a portrait of myself every time I make a photograph. The subject is a reflection of my own feelings. I make sure to capture my subjects with their pride and strength and kindness.

I am fortunate that people let me into their lives fully. It's a very personal gift they have given me. Insight, openness, integrity, warmth. My photographs are the treasures of my life… a trail of my experience. A reminder of people whom I have met. A souvenir of the places I've been to.

I make portraits of community. The festivals and fairs that I photograph are part of our unique American culture. They are about small town pride. They are about tradition. In small towns there is a sense of place a sense of belonging. I have a great interest in small towns where people have time, where little has changed, where life is not homogenized, where people are still individuals.

My motivation for creating art is to make something that is uniquely mine that will give the world some idea of who I am. They will see me as a reflection of my subjects, know what I admired, see how I had lived my life.

I love photography, it lets me save pieces of the present, that some day will be a reflection of the past. It's my gift to the future.

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