Paula May Scott: An Old Home Recalls

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PROJECT STATEMENT

A house is so much more than just a house. It is a home, an entity alive with stories, history, and memories. With an appreciation for the past, I have invested much of my life lovingly restoring a home built in 1935, as well as other treasures salvaged among the discarded and forgotten. I am always filled with awe and wonder by the secrets and history they hold. This project seeks to awaken and inspire within my viewers, an appreciation for, and desire to preserve the homes, legacies, and treasures of our past, lest they and their stories be lost forever. I have dedicated my photography vignettes and writings to help keep these memories alive for future generations, so that those to come might know something of those who came before them and gain insight into themselves. Each verse of the poem below addresses one of the photos.

"An Old Home Recalls"

A forgotten home,
now “Gone to Seed,”
A treasure chest
of old memories.
Pass through its door,
venture within,
The years will unfold,
the stories begin.

In a cozy corner
family gathered ‘round
Daddy’s radio playing,
its beautiful sound.
That was way back
in days long gone.
Its music has ceased,
but “Time Plays On.”

There on the porch,
now fallen away,
Great Grandpa, his flute,
each evening would play.
His beautiful melodies
lifted on high,
Until “The Day
His Music Died.”

And there in the kitchen,
Grandma sipped tea
While reading “The Letter”
from her one and only.
Listen carefully, her tears
gently fall,
Generations of memories
within these walls.

And then perhaps
the most somber of all,
“The Final Letters”
told of his fall.
A brother, a son,
who had served with pride,
Perished by hands
of the enemy side.

Oh, what will become
of these memories
Once this old home
ceases to be?
Keeper of time,
relic of past,
A memorial to family
lost at last?

ARTIST BIO

With a passion for fine art photography, Paula May Scott is a photographer who has made Sarasota, Florida her home since 2004. Growing up in rural New York she could be seen camera-in-hand capturing the beauty of the country setting around her. Paula has enjoyed many other pursuits. In addition to being a business school graduate, she pursued her love of writing while working for a newspaper, earned her commercial and flight instructor certifications, worked for an aircraft charter company, and was inspired to open and operate her own aircraft detailing business. As an ambitious and independent single woman, she bought and lovingly restored by her own two hands a home built in 1935 where she lived for 13 years. The restoration incorporated her many hobbies including carpentry, decorating, and preservation of the past. Scott's photographs were discovered and commissioned by a multi-national company. She developed a new process of creating high-quality package mock-ups for use in sales presentations, giving the company a new competitive edge. Paula's love of photography continues and much like her life, her photos capture the experience of variety, exploration, and adaptation. Her style is ever-evolving as she sets her focus from exciting new perspectives, always from a road less traveled. Paula's photographs have received numerous awards and they have been featured in solo exhibits, shows, galleries, publications, and are held in private collections.

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