Dorothy Kerper Monnelly – ‘For My Daughters’

Dorothy Kerper Monnelly’s series ‘For My Daughers‘ – a beautiful and thoughtful dialogue between mother and daughter, between words and images, between time and space.

When she was still a teenager, Dorothy Monnelly discovered in the attic of their home, a box of her mother’s poems. They were written between 1920 – 1945 and left as her “creative” legacy for her daughters.

The series consists of floral stills and landscape photographs and is published as a photobook “For My Daughters”.

Dorothy Kerper Monnelly - For My Daughters, Floral Stills

Dorothy Kerper Monnelly – For My Daughters, Floral Stills

 

“I have always treasured my mother’s poetry. When reading it recently, she gave me the idea of combining my images with her poetry to create a conversation back and forth about the idea expressed in each poem. She felt that we would understand each other, and writes in a poem to her daughters:

The pattern born within my mind

Is latent in their own. My wisdom

May not be profound, but they will recognize

Its likeness in their blood and bone.

It has been said that my photography shows the extraordinary in the ordinary; the same comment has been made regarding my mother’s poetry.”

 

Dorothy Kerper Monnelly - For My Daughters, Landscapes

Dorothy Kerper Monnelly – For My Daughters, Landscapes