Leah Frances: Things Were Never Normal

October 24 – January 22, 2023 2022-10-24 09:00:00 2023-01-22 09:00:00 15 Leah Frances: Things Were Never Normal Banana Factory Hallway true MM/DD/YYYY
Venue: Banana Factory Hallway

The works in this show highlight “third spaces”: communal settings outside of home and work such as taverns, church picnics, diners, restaurants, and movie theaters. Actively using photography to explore the residue of time and human effort, I create portraits of place, mindful of the individuals who have been there before and may be there again. Imaginary one-to-one conversations with these ghosts, so to speak, allow me to invest in the possibility that within this divided nation, we might, one day, understand and respect each other. Harnessing light to grasp at moments of joy in complicated environments, with these images I hope to forge an opening for deep looking and the exploration of multiple layers of meaning, an encounter with complex histories rather than one-dimensional, familiar tropes.

Leah Frances is a photographer born in Alert Bay, Canada, now based in Easton, Pennsylvania. Her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, T Magazine, Lenscratch, the Carnegie Museum of Art’s online journal, Storyboard, and more and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Frances holds an MFA from The Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia. Her second book of photography, Lunch Poems, will be released in fall 2022.


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Banana Factory Hallway
Banana Factory
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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