Never thought I'd say this about being on the New Jersey Turnpike: we spent hours on it today on the drive to Michael Massaia's studio in Northern NJ, and l-o-v-e-d the ride.
Loved it, as (1) we were excited to be picking up his amazing photographic work, 'Seeing the Black Dog', taken - on the NJ Turnpike. And (2) because thinking about his haunting images, taken at rest stops in the middle of the night, shift the ways in which one sees the usually monotonous chore of getting between two places, transforming it into a traveling adventure.
Here's one of our pics from the ride, taken on an iPhone... fun, but nothing like Massaia's luscious prints, shot on film, and hand printed. Come to the exhibition opening May 31 - his work must be seen in person.
Street Road and the Little Free Library have reopened.
Masks are required and we are observing limited numbers of people inside at one time.
Street Road: Saturdays 11am - 3pm and by appointment.
Little Free Library: Thursday 12-3, Friday 1-4, Saturday 10-3, Sunday 11-2
Call/message 610-869-4712 or email to set up visits outside these hours. Our Little Free Library's outdoor box is open 24/7 and regularly restocked.
Directions to Street Road here.
Directions to The Little Free Library here.
A word about 'here':
We acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of the Lenape, original people of the mid-Atlantic area, forced west by British and US governments. Most Delaware Indian tribe descendants are now located in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Lenni Lenapes in Pennsylvania are not officially recognized as tribes by the United States, though an estimated 5000 Lenape Nation descendants live in the Delaware River area. We pay respects to the Lenape people both past and present. Please consider the many legacies of violence, displacement and settlement that form part of our collective histories. While increased public recognition of these legacies and processes of redress such as Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission are positive steps, concrete focus on return of land and land rights remains a distant horizon.