I live on Mount Desert Island, Maine. I’m fascinated by the life of the shoreline, and curious about everything I see, from the bedrock to the birds – from "what made the hole in this shell" to "what are the old wooden posts just offshore?" Over the years of exploring and documenting the island through digital photography, I developed a stylized form of still life using the metaphor of a scientific transect and plotted points.
Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer living in Bar Harbor, Maine. She received a BA in Art History and Asian Studies at Vassar College in 1989, and a master's degree in Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation at the University of Virginia in 1997.
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Jenn Booher is in the midst of a multi-year, multimedia project to chronicle every step of her "Coast Walk," a quest to experience the entire coastline of Mount Desert Island, including vast portions of Acadia National Park. By summer 2018, she estimated she had covered about 20 miles of what will be a 120-mile journey. During her treks, she photographs wildlife, plant life, geology. And she also gathers (temporarily) trash, seaweed, shells, and found objects to photograph back in her studio. "Although I don't pick up pebbles in the park, ever," she laughs. "I put it all back. The garbage goes in the garbage. Everything else goes back on the shore." Booher contacted the park early in the project to seek advice and sort out formal permissions. The park's support eventually culminated with her appointment as an artist-in-residence, which she says comes in handy sometimes as she negotiates access to private property around the island. "It will take me 10 different landowners to get a mile in some areas. So it's such a relief, it's just like this serious relief to hit the park, and be like, okay, this is public. I can just go there whenever I want. No permission needed. No caretakers. Off I go. The public access that the park provides is just an amazing resource." (Video by Emma Forthofer, Friends of Acadia, NPS)
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Last updated: January 7, 2020