Barbara Peacock: Hometown 1982-2015
For the past 33 years, photographer Barbara Peacock has been documenting her hometown. Using seven cameras, five types of film, and an iPhone, her work has consistently captured the familiar: people and places that surround her life. Her project not only reflects the evolution of a place, but the changing technology of photography. Now that the project is completed, Barbara is raising money to create a “color and black and white book worthy of this little slice of time in my hometown’s history, in the evolution of photography, and in the journey of my life as an artist. This is my homage to my hometown”. Barbara has created an Indiegogo campaign to help raise the funds for a book.
Barbara Peacock studied at Boston School of Fine Arts in painting, drawing and sculpture and then the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for filmmaking and photography. She continued her passion for documentary photography studying with Mary Ellen Mark, Eugene Richards and Ernesto Bazan.
She has been a commercial and stock photographer for 25 years. Her clients include Arm & Hammer, Disney, French’s, Lever 2000, Stride Rite, Tylenol, Kodak as well as most major magazines including Newsweek, Oprah, and Parenting. Her stock is with Getty Images, Corbis Images and SheStock Images and has been used by Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Clorox, Toyota, and Walmart to name a few.
Barbara is married, has three sons, two dogs and a cat. She loves to teach children to draw, paint and photograph and she has a Non-Profit, The Nightingale Project, which teaches art to underprivileged kids in Haiti and Cambodia.What started as an art school assignment 33 years ago slowly evolved and became a long-term project of photographing the daily lives in the town where I grew up and still reside. I remember being somewhat jealous of my classmates because they all lived in the city with lots of things to photograph while I had only a quiet sleepy town. What struck me was something my teacher said, “You can travel the world over photographing exciting things, but a skilled photographer can find material right in their own backyard.” This is what resonated and encouraged me to look, observe, and to ultimately learn how to see and interpret what was right before me.I had no intention of this project spanning across half of my life, but it never seemed finished, so I continued to learn and grow as a photographer. I studied with luminary photographers Mary Ellen Mark, Eugene Richards and Ernesto Bazan who all pushed me hard to go beyond description and tell a deeper more complex story in a mere moment.
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