Maggie Shannon is a Brooklyn-based photographer, particularly interested in documentary and portrait photography. Her photographs are an attempt to reflect the authenticity and true intimacy of the moment but also convey a certain sense of strangeness or mystery.
Presented project, titled Amity evokes exactly such emotions. While working on a project, Maggie travelled to Martha's Vineyard, an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the place where she grew up. The series is Maggie’s personal observation and exploration of the bond between man and his surrounding, Martha's Vineyard. The place, where ocean is a constant presence and even the air has a consistent note of brine.
Before starting the project, Maggie examined the film Jaws, which was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard in 1975. She mainly studied the complex relationship between the islanders’ interaction with the water and outside influences. "Much like the sense of danger the shark represents in Jaws, I have tried to make the water into a similar force: nothing tangible but instead a lurking apprehension that underscores our fear of dark waters and the unknown. The photographs record places and scenes central to the storyline of Jaws, exploring ideas and relationships inspired by these events. In this project, I have mixed fact and fiction, myth and reality, and past and present to shape and inform a narrative about islanders’ relationship with the ocean,” shared her thoughts Maggie.