self portraits in north bennington

Firemen self-portrait


Sophie and Jay Paris, daughter and father photographers, have three times -- in seven-year intervals -- offered villagers and visitors in North Bennington the opportunity to make their own photographic portraits.

On busy Saturdays in September 2000, September 2007 and August 2014, the pair strolled the village with their camera. Each subject posed as she or he wished, and chose the moment for making the image. Sophie and Jay rigged a digital camera with an old-fashioned photographer's bulb and tube. The subject squeezed the rubber bulb and viola the pixels were fixed (with sly help from Sophie and Jay).

Some of the photographs were made on rooftops, some in parks, some inside. The subjects include the governor, a beloved centenarian, groups of children, and villagers at work, at rest, at play.

Each photographer/subject was invited to a gallery opening the following day at Vermont Arts Exchange. Sophie and Jay then worked through the night to print, hang and mount a show. This project was underwritten in part by The Fund for North Bennington, Inc.


Faimily self-portrait