Watertown artist’s cross-state road trip reveals Massachusetts’ ‘common wealth’
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Watertown artist’s cross-state road trip reveals Massachusetts’ ‘common wealth’

Tucked away on the second floor of the Watertown Public Library lies Joseph Weiler’s newest photography exhibit, “Our Commonwealth.” Weiler is a longtime Watertown resident, whose work ranges from photos exploring Henry David Thoreau’s legacy to a portfolio featuring images from Turkey and Afghanistan. His newest photo essay is a collection of 28 black and white silver gelatin prints exploring the Massachusetts landscape. Weiler’s work delves into the concept of the commonwealth, and how that applies to Massachusetts. Part of what Weiler hopes to communicate through his photography is that Massachusetts is a shared place, and it belongs to all of its inhabitants. “All our strengths, all our weaknesses combined is what our state is,” he said. “It is literally our common wealth.” The photographs are compiled from six different road trips that Weiler took in 2016 and 2017. Prior to this trip, Weiler said he felt like he did not know Massachusetts well, even though he had lived in Watertown for 40 years. Jack Kerouac’s book “On the Road,” and a need to get out of the house, inspired Weiler to explore what the Commonwealth had to offer. “I love to travel,” said Weiler. “There are a million […]

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