postcard from america

They Also Faced the Sea” was an art installation of five large black and white photographs of Provincetown women of Portuguese descent mounted on a building on the end of Fisherman’s Wharf in Provincetown Harbor (2003 – 2005). Norma Holt’s beautiful portraits of Almeda Segura, Eva Silva, Mary Jason, Bea Cabral and Frances Raymond are meant to represent all the women of Provincetown who over the years have been the backbone of this vital fishing village. The installation was designed to help keep the spirit and the presence of the Portuguese culture alive. Please click on the link to find out more about these women and this installation.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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  1. The portraits remind me so much of Lucile de Godoy’s work. (Have I got that name right? 😦 ). So much character in those faces and what a lovely location. I could sit and dangle my legs off the pier there.

  2. I find instalments like this very moving, I’d love to see this exhibition.
    Do you remember the awesome statues of the women left behind on the south east coast of Scotland.
    A project by the National Trust involves Brancaster, North Norfolk to mark the centenary of Armistice Day on Sunday 11 November 2018 at low-tide. It’s an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.
    A large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War will be drawn into the sand. Originally, the tide coming in should wash away the portrait, but somehow the darkness will come first and put it out.

    1. I didn’t know about the Scottish women Dina. I shall look that up. And the Brancaster project sounds impressive. I assume you will be going to see that?

      1. Her name is Jill Watson. You posted her work, but I think the artist was unbeknown to you at that time.

        To commemorate Britain’s worst fishing disaster when 189 were drowned in a single afternoon, on 14th October 1881, memorials representing the exact numbers of surviving widows and children were commissioned for four of the communities affected, Cove, St Abbs, Eyemouth and Burnmouth. Fund-raising continues for the Eyemouth piece, the worst affected.

        1. Ah, yes. now I recall the sculpture. For some reason I was thinking south-west coast. A very beautiful and poignant sculpture albeit very small. And such a tragic event. Thanks for jogging my memory Dina 😀

  3. What an emotive piece about these wonderful women, and it’s very sag that Almeda’s picture was lost. Thanks I really enjoyed this.

  4. Wonderful and the stories fascinating. They were incredible. I watch a film not long ago on the cod fishermen and their lives, quite daunting what they did but the women were even more extraordinary.

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