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Thinking inside the box

Posted by Martin Finucane May 24, 2007 05:00 PM



Local photographer Andrew Kessler's new exhibition is inspired by websites such as MySpace and YouTube. His "(I Am)...project" features 57 fifth-graders from Wellesley's Hunnewell Elementary School who were asked by Kessler to get into a refrigerator box alone and take a self-portrait by releasing a camera shutter with their feet.

"The idea was that if they were in this box alone, they would potentially get creative and act more themselves. And they did, to my very pleasant surprise," Kessler said. The results of the refrigerator-box photo shoot will be up today through May 31 at the Wellesley Free Library.

Kessler has displayed the shots on 6-foot silk banners with captions underneath that explain how the children define themselves.

-- Mark Griffin

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