Erieville: The Home of Poet W. D. Snodgrass
The photographs of this series were made during visits between 1977 and 1987. The old farm house is situated on a non-operating farm in Erieville, New York, 20 miles or so outside of Syracuse, New York.
Upon seeing some of the early images, my brother wrote: “These pictures you took in our house simply flattened us – you were lumphing about so nonchalantly we had no idea you were doing anything like that…especially that scarecrow – skeleton – Death behind the chair and the loony perspective lines. I got to wondering, is my house really that frightening???”
Elsewhere, the poet writes in A Locked House:
As we drove back, crossing the hill,
The house still
Hidden in the trees, I always thought –
A fool’s fear – that it might have caught
Fire, someone could have broken in.
As if things must have been
Too good here. Still, we always found
It locked tight, safe and sound….