Willett explores the life of mysterious hermit Joseph Plummer, who lived in the woods of central New Hampshire in the late 1700s. Two centuries later an unsuspecting man -the photographer’s father- purchased the mythical loner’s land and built a hideaway cabin for himself – only to discover the legend of Joseph lurking deep in the seclusion of the forest. Willett’s photographs track the hermit’s overgrown trail through the land his family now owns. Adding to the visual journey are historical portrait and landscape images from the region that inspired Willett’s physical intervention in the form of destructive applique and collage.
This atmospheric book explores our human desire to escape and find peaceful solitude, far from the burdens and apparatus of modern society.
All images ©Amani Willett