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Ricklin’s hardware, 1913-2018. • “Narbs” is an exploration and celebration of the place where I live, Narberth, PA, that is distinctly itself, relatable yet uncommon. Each person(s) is asked one question - “What is it about Narberth?”
Narberth is a small-town with a big chip on its shoulder. A few minutes from Center City Philadelphia, Narberth is arguably a different universe from its surroundings. Bounded by busy roads and tall trees, roll downhill into town and it’s like finding a secret swimming hole or that perfect dive bar. Those in neighboring communities call themselves “Nearbs.” It’s a place I’ve come to feel at home in over the past 12 years and one day it became an obvious and necessary story for me to tell. •
There’s a well-worn adage that great stories can be told in your own backyard but usually that’s a metaphor for creating great work in a less than exotic locale. In this case that’s literally where this story began – in my backyard. Seeking a new challenge, I pulled out my 4x5 Speed Graphic and 1800s era Petzval lens and started experimenting with my kids and neighbors. At some point, the pictures became more than just experiments, there was a meaningful story emerging. •
This project is a departure from all that’s familiar to me where I typically work at a quick pace, capturing dynamic moments and expressive compositions on DSLRs. Triumph and disaster live even more closely than normal in my effort to work minimally, slow down and push my ability to create something that has impact and lasts. The lens’ natural imperfections and limitations create boundaries that allow for a narrow window in which to create images with an emotional connection. Unlike digital, it’s all a bit unpredictable and I’m still learning as I go, which is the point after all.