The objects of these images are items I have collected over the years. Some are from my travels. Others are gifts given to me by people I care about. All are colorful. All have sentimental value. Most have been stored away, out of sight. Some have been in plain sight, but so much part of my daily environment, that I have not really seen them for some time.
In this project, I spend time with each object and explore it under a new light or angle. I position each object so that the space and the light surrounding it brings it back to life. Placed in dramatic lighting, the object takes on more prominence. I reflect on the shadow, its imprint on my life. I travel back to where I found it — Cuzco, Cuenca, Guadalajara…. I revisit my past, reconnecting with the person who gave it to me. I remember what I was doing at that stage of my life. As I see the object in this new light, the recollection takes me to a place of peace and self-contemplation.
Miren Etcheverry is an award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally.
Based in Cambridge and Truro, MA, she spent her early childhood in Paris and in the Basque Country. Her passion for photography began early, as she traveled extensively throughout her youth and continued to travel throughout her career in international finance.
Etcheverry’s photographs have been selected for juried exhibitions at Danforth Art in Massachusetts; in galleries, including Menier Gallery in London, UK, Darkroom Gallery in Vermont, Kiernan Gallery in Virginia and Washington Street Gallery in Massachusetts; and at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, Cape Cod Art Association, Photography Center of Cape Cod and Bedford Public Library.
Miren’s photographs received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 International Photography Awards (IPA) “One Shot” and ArtAscent’s “Blue” competitions. Her work has appeared or been featured in publications and blogs, including the Cape Cod Times, Art Ascent and the About Basque Country.
Miren studied photography at New England School of Photography, Maine Media Workshops, Griffin Museum of Photography and with National Geographic photographer Michael Melford. She had her first formal training in photography while a student at Stanford University, where she worked in video production at the pioneering Stanford Instructional Television Network. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MS from M.I.T.