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Vanish by Jim Westphalen

Christine Mitchell Adams November 13, 2015

Winter Barnscape

Local photographer Jim Westphalen is well known for his incredible portfolio of architecture photography and for his impressive client list, including prominent hotels and resorts, architecture firms, and editorials. In addition to his commercial work, Westphalen shows his fine photography through local galleries. His current body of work, vanish, explores the disappearance of iconic structures in America. We recently saw some of the pieces from the series at Burlington City Arts' Of Land and Local exhibit and were blown away by them. My favorites were his photos of barns in winter... their rich textures and strong lines contrast the smooth bed of snow. Westphalen makes these structures stoic and beautiful, despite their disrepair or abandonment. The series is a successful narrative of Vermont's culture and history, which will hopefully not be forgotten.

Bakersfield, VT

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Cambridge, VT

All photos by Jim Westphalen

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