Photographs by Joe Rancourt, 1981-2011

Three months after Joe died last January, we discovered that he had 1200 photos (and numerous short films) on his camera. Never downloaded to a computer, we have no idea whether he looked at them again after he took them, but they have been a great solace to us, his family. What an unexpected gift it is to see Joe’s world through his photos. They go far beyond the snapshots of family and friends that one would expect – Joe took photos of anything that caught his eye; a stack of folders, a pair of hands warming at a fire, a jumble of dried grass on a stone wall, two men talking together at a big party.
So many odd subjects seemed to catch his eye, and he often shot in a rapid series: shoes, flowers, sunsets, waves, clouds, faces on a train, reflections, to name a few. Amongst my favorites are the ones he took of people in relationship. There were many but I included just a few, including one of an older woman and younger man sitting at a table. What shines from this dual portrait is love and laughter. Both have laugh crinkles at the corners of their eyes.
There will be a reception for Joe’s exhibit from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, January 20th.

Artist of the Month for January
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2 thoughts on “Artist of the Month for January

  • January 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm
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    This is wonderful Jay. I’m glad for you that you found these treasures and look forward to being there on the 20th.
    Nancy Sheridan

  • January 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm
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    Very special and beautiful.

    Shelly Freberg

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