Eco-relational Imagery


Newfound Journal features The Sisters of Cootes Store photo essay (text by Anna Maria Johnson) in the Winter 2011 issue.


Magdalena and Eliza

Maggie and Liza, born only nineteen months apart, inherit a world of rapid change, shifting societal expectations, and aggressive marketing. But they also live lives apart, spending their hours in our old farmhouse in rural conservative Virginia, the daughters of progressive Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley. I’ve documented the lives of these my children since they were born, and I have watched, fascinated, as the young sisters have navigated the tension between worlds. Inquisitive and wonderstruck, lovers of the natural world, their imaginative lives sometimes incorporate the symbols and rituals of consumer culture, but often twist them to their own (often subversive, aesthetic, and humorous) uses.

One Response

  1. this is quite inspiring…i love the “eliza and the leaves” so well cropped, finding the right moment and angle to capture such a simple thing of childhood. the freedom, the innocense, the wonder, the joy of childhood. thank you for this moment captured.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:07 am

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