This summer and next, we’ll be on the road in our 1962 Rambler station wagon making postcard views of places in our native Wisconsin based on our vintage postcard collection and random wanderings. We welcome your suggestions for Wisconsin sites to photograph! We will post these views as we go at wisconsinproject.blogspot.com
Bob Watt’s heart failed last week at age 86. His pursuit of beauty via his poetry and art became the subject of our decade long film and book project titled One Million Years is Three Seconds. Bob told us “A million years is like three seconds” to point to how infinitesimal our existences are in the grand scheme of things. He wrote us letters that read like poems ruminating on memories of his Manitowoc County childhood, the Milwaukee art world, the Packers, Badgers, and the models and people in his life.
We did a book once, Season’s Gleamings, and a film, Foot Massage, about the optimism of the 1960s expressed through aluminum Christmas tree design and electrical devices, some made in our hometown of Manitowoc. CBS Sunday Morning and The New York Times covered it. Most Decembers to this day we get calls from writers to talk about the trees from publications like Der Spiegel in Hamburg or Third Coast Digest Milwaukee. The trip continues.
Gardens have been a favored location. While photographing Amber and Brad in their urban garden a couple summers ago, Brad turned his video camera on us to show the apparatus of our process then posted it on YouTube.
We’ve been photographing Amber and Brad for 10 years in front of and in back of their various homes. Check out the 16mm film we made about the fire pit in their back yard on YouTube.