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Photo Essay

Amy Fichter, Black Tern (Chlidonias niger surinamensis), Holga 120N, Fuji Pro 400H, 2015. Specimen courtesy of the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Menomonie artist Amy Fichter’s avian meditation on what we are losing—and what we have lost.

Wide Eyed is intended to be a breathing body of images, a space to bounce and veer and double back while maintaining the sensation of being in a place of familiarity without specificity.

Along the Yellowstone Trail, text over an image of a map

Over a two-year period, I walked the 480-mile Yellowstone Trail through Wisconsin in an effort to understand the state of the State—and the Union.

I admit it—I’m nosy. I’ve always been fascinated by people’s habits and personal spaces, and what they reveal. There are things we all do: eat and sleep, for example.

There is an inherent distance to photographing on the ice. It is a long way from shore to where the fish and the shanties are clustered, and this distance is almost always a component of the photographs. 

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