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Adam Putnam – American Spirit



Nostalgia is the reoccurring theme in American Spirit…The medium used was Fuji FB-3000B, a highly light sensitive and discontinued film, and that garners cult-like appreciation. The project was photographed in May 2015 during the off season in a small resort village, campground town, summer colony – Lake George, NY. The village is located at the southern most foothills of the Adirondacks. The town took shape in the 1950’s & 60’s, and has stayed that way since… In its hay day, it was the place to be! Famously, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe owned a summer home in there. It’s where New York City went to vacation! Today, 50-60 years later, its just as expensive to fly to Hawaii, as it is drive up to Lake George. So, the area has seen a tremendous shift in its economy, and way of life. Everything visually remains the same, the architecture, the lake, the people; it’s romantic that the ideas still exist, and that the spirit still exists. I set out to experience and document the last vestige of this summer colony, Lake George.


Born in Troy, NY. Raised in Greenfield Center, NY. Attended public school in Corinth, NY, for some reason there was an incredible darkroom… Attended Adirondack community college, for some reason there was an amazing darkroom here too. Attended Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners falls, MA, for some reason they removed the darkroom the year before… Moved to Brooklyn, NY and worked in the NYC commercial photography industry for ten years. Currently living and working in Bloomington, IN.


Adam Putnam


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