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Mining the Past
A condolence letter written to the daughter of a childhood friend and fellow Civil War soldier reveals as much about the character of the author as it does about the deceased.  A beautifully penned letter after a chance meeting starts a long distance courtship lasting 8 years.  A small child writes to an absent sick mother instinctively knowing that she must be “a good girl.”  When my mother died she left me several boxes containing letters and memorabilia dating back to the late 1700s.  At first I simply lacked the patience to wade through the “illegible” correspondence, but my curiosity won out.  This series is an opportunity to share a look into the character of those who came before me.

Suzanne Metzel
Perspective Group and Photography Gallery Suzanne Metzel archival pigment print
The Quiet Tenderness of his Strong Generous and Noble Character
2017
archival pigment print
14 x 20

limited edition of 10
Perspective Group and Photography Gallery Suzanne Metzel archival pigment print
Dear Father
2017
archival pigment print
14 x 20

limited edition of 10

Perspective Group and Photography Gallery Suzanne Metzel archival pigment print
I Insist on Being Out of Style for My Girl
2017
archival pigment print
20 x 14

limited edition of 10
Perspective Group and Photography Gallery Suzanne Metzel archival pigment print
When You Shake Hands with a Man You Put Him in Your Pocket
2017
archival pigment print
20 x 14

limited edition of 10

Perspective Group and Photography Gallery Suzanne Metzel archival pigment print
I Want Your Picture
2017
archival pigment print
14 x 20

limited edition of 10