Monday, March 1, 2010

Mrs. Davis' Chair and Photographic Artist, Curtis Krueger

What I love most about Etsy, are the unexpected and most delightful stories that I occasionally happen to stumble upon while browsing through sections of fabulous hand made art.  This morning while looking through the photographic art section, I found a most delightful print for sale by photographer Curtis Krueger.  The photo, Mrs. Davis' Chair in a Field of Texas Blue Bonnets, is beautiful (as you can see), but the story behind the photo is so charming, I had to share it with you.  I hope you enjoy this peak at Curtis Krueger's photographic art series, Mrs. Davis' Chair.

From the Etsy listing:


"Mrs. Davis was a beloved, if sometimes cantankerous neighbor of mine. One afternoon I spied her antique iron garden chair in her backyard. Something about it intrigued me. I knew I must do something special with it. The next morning I "borrowed" it and took it out to the beach, photographing it under the changing light of dawn. I titled the photo Mrs. Davis' Chair goes to the Beach.

I presented the photo to Mrs. Davis for her 98th birthday. She loved it. In return, she gave me her garden chair.

Shortly after she passed away (almost reaching the age of 102), I started to take her chair with me on my photo adventures. At first I didn't quite know what was taking place. I photographed it in the desert of New Mexico, at my friends cottage on the Eastern Shore of Virginia - then it dawned on me. I would photograph it in all 50 States.

Seven years, 40,000 miles and some 550 rolls of film were used to bring this project to completion.

I dedicate this project to the memory of Mrs. Davis and for the unexpected gift of this little rugged antique garden chair."




















To see more of Curtis' series about Mrs. Davis' Chair, visit his Etsy shop or his web site, www.CurtisKreuger.com.

10 comments:

KClark Photography said...

What a great story. I'm so glad you featured Curtis. I can just image Mrs Davis sitting in the chair in spirit, head tilted, evaluating the view.

KClark Photography said...

What a great story. Thanks so much for featuring Curtis. I can just picture Mrs Davis sitting in her chair enjoying the different views.

linneanichols said...

Wow! Without the story behind the chair, the pics are great. But with the story they are really something special!

ZaftigDelights ~ KnitzyBlonde said...

Thanks, you guys! I know what you mean. I thought the story was just so cute. Glad you all enjoyed it as much as I did. :o) ~ Sandie

Kristen said...

oh wow...I can picture Mrs Davis sitting in each spot enjoying the view ... what a fabulous project

niftyknits said...

Wonderful - what a great story. It just goes to show how important our item descriptions are to set the atmosphere.

Waterrose said...

Oh wow...that is such a heart warming story. I'm sure Mrs. Davis is looking down and smiling!

SewSweetStitches said...

Holy bologna that last one is so beautiful!

TheJoyofColor said...

What a wonderful Story!! That is what i like too about etsy, the personal touch and the amazing stories , and the photos are great
going to heart it

Small Burst said...

What a great story. I LOVE it and Mrs. Davis would have loved it.