Frozen in Time by Sarah Butler

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"Butler presents beauty in the ravages of life, weather and time...Frozen in Time documents a crumbling house, but also a real home where heart was found."

          “[Frozen in Time] is about Butler’s mother and the dreams and aspirations that drove her until the end of her life. But more importantly, it is a book about how the photographs, and the process of making them, transformed Butler herself.”

           “an exquisite and deeply personal photographic narrative chronicling the turbulent relationship between Butler and her mother set in the serene surroundings of her mother’s beautiful but dilapidated Maine home that had been abandoned for 25 years when she purchased it. At once stunning and heart-wrenching, Butler’s luminous photographs tell a poignant story of coming to terms with her mother in a way that is both intimate and universally relatable.”

          “The images Butler made… are striking… evocative [and] reveal a complex and compelling narrative… Frozen in Time is a book about family, distance and reconciliation; the mysteries of the mother-daughter relationship; and, finally, the redemption to be found in acceptance. It is a visual tour de force that will mesmerize photography aficionados and students of family relations alike.”

          “Elegant dusty rooms, the changing seasons on the land… her mother’s rotating collection of chickens… the images added up to more than a description of a place… [there is] beauty in their ‘emptiness and stark simplicity.’”

              "When her mother’s health began to deteriorate in 2009, American fine art photographer Sarah C. Butler travelled from Boston to her mother’s Maine home, where they were reunited after a long estrangement… The project, it turned out, was far more than simply a document of her mother’s life… [it captures] their relationship in a way that makes them at once universally relatable.”

              “an intense poignancy”