OCTOBER 6-30, 2017
OCTOBER 6, 2017
Libby March (b. 1988) is a documentary photographer based in New Hampshire’s North Country, examining the human connection with the environment. A 2012 alumna of Central Michigan University, March worked as a photography intern at newspapers in Michigan, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Her recent essays examine hunting in rural northern Michigan, and sled dog racing, horse logging, and youth ski jumping in the rural Northeast. Her photographic approach and vision are influenced by photographers Maggie Steber, Lynsey Addario, Danny Wilcox Frazier and others, as well as by genre painters like Peter Bruegel the Elder.
March’s body of work aims to remind us of the wonder and frailty of human life and the importance of being conscious of the earth we occupy. Her photographs have been recognized by the Michigan Press Photographers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and Hearst Journalism Awards. March was a selected participant in the 2016 New York Times Lens Blog Portfolio Review and featured as one of New Hampshire’s Remarkable Women: Artists to Watch by New Hampshire Magazine in 2017. March’s work will also be exhibited at Kelley Stelling Contemporary in Manchester, N.H. in November.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.), nestled remotely beneath Lake Superior, is home to hunters who have harvested wild food from the land for generations. The cold climes of the U.P. have bred hardy folk, arming them with an optimistic fortitude to keep warm against long winters. For Yoopers – locals from the U.P. – time spent in pursuit of wild game remains an essential part of life. It has provided food for generations, fueled a love for nature, and strengthened camaraderie within communities. These connections with each other and the land have preserved hunting as a vital part of life in the U.P., fostering a culture which prides itself on rising before the sun, braving frigid temperatures, and tracking animals for days. But in present-day society, tradition is beginning a gradual falloff, as youth turn to other interests, thinning hunter participation. Whether this downturn is a permanent trend remains to be seen, but Yooper hunting culture has carved a quiet place in the unique patchwork of American history. “Bounty: Hunters of the Upper Peninsula” explores the Midwestern warmth and utilitarian connection with nature of the Yooper communinsula.