Lonna Kelly


 

My photography practice starts with always carrying a camera to discover and document the intriguing objects and scenes I see in daily life.  Roadside signs and text, artist made landscapes and public vignettes, public art by citizen artists, people going about their lives, quirky houses and vehicles, found and discovered discarded objects often speak to me.

As a runner and walker, I often stop and photograph objects lost or tossed.  The objects take on a new life when I bring the artifact home to re-use, sometimes to re-photograph and often to display with the finished photograph.  My house is filled with found objects.

I am intrigued by the unexpected.  Peckham’s Quarry is one of those unexpected locations.  The quarry is open to the public only once a year through a collaboration with the Oblong Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS).   The enormity of the pit and its proximity to densely populated areas is surprising.  The quarry is over 200 feet deep and so wide I hesitate to put a number on it.  A long walk brings you to the bottom of the still active quarry where  blasting and               removing stone are an  ongoing activity.