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Annie Flanagan


Purple Orchid Lady. Monroe, New York 2012

Annie Flanagan (b. 1986, United States) spends their days capturing the subtleties of memory. Originally from Washington, D.C. they live for those long winding roads, with their camera in hand and map laid out. After graduating from Ohio University’s Visual Communication program in 2009, Annie took to exploring the world around them and documenting along the way. Her work has been recognized by CPOY (Silver, Spot News), The Alexia Foundation for World Peace and Cultural Understanding Student Grant (Award of Excellence). This past July she began graduate school at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

About the Photograph:

“I met Sam last summer at the racetrack in Brewerton, NY. He was in the pit with his family, racing against his son, grandsons and great-granddaughter. ‘I do it because I love the speed,’ he told me, ‘Speed has been my life since I was little.’ Sam drove his first car at seven, he began racing when he was 18 and, now, at 83 he is still racing. That summer he was recovering from the loss of his wife Doris, who passed away that December. Her favorite color was purple, so most things in his home have tints of purple to them. She named his race car the The Purple Orchid Lady, decorating his car with a painting of a pin-up girl. On this afternoon, Sam had just finished spending a day fixing up his car with his son Billy. He came out of the garage and sat down to drink coffee and watch the storm roll in.”


[via Verve Photo- The New Breed of Documentary Photographers]

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