The Gallery at WCTV will present an exhibit of “The Wanderer: A Day in the Life of Annmarie”, fine art photographs by Jeanette Fuller, from February 21, 2014 through April 21, 2014.
Jeanette Fuller's photos bring into the limelight an unlikely figure of Wareham whose presence was seen by many who passed her by, but her story went unnoticed.
When asked about why she chose to conduct her project, Ms. Fuller stated "Like so many people, I passed Annmarie on the streets for years. Day after day, I wanted to hear her story but I could not bring myself
to approach her. Finally, my senior year of college was upon me, and it was time to begin a life changing assignment."
Fuller continues, "I always took an interest in people and their personal stories. Everyone has something to share, and Annmarie did just that. She moved me, and brought me to both laughter and tears.
Many nights I got into my car and instantly tears would pour down my face as I drove away from my meetings with her.
What started as a photo documentary became my life. Several hours of the week became dedicated to her; I listened to her stories which left my thoughts in motion at the end of the day.
I shivered outside with Annmarie, bearing as many hours in the frigid temperatures as I could. I wondered to myself just how difficult it must have been for her to spend countless nights
on the streets in such inhumane conditions."
Ms. Fuller spent many days and nights with Annmarie from September 2012 through May 2013; they sat on what seemed to be 'every curb in Wareham'. On May 1st, she displayed some of her prints at Gallery X in New Bedford.
Annmarie was invited to view the photos but she declined her request.
"Everyone who saw the images loved them. The amount of positive feedback I received was astounding. I saw Annmarie on two more occasions after the project was completed," Fuller said.
Tragically, Annmarie passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Ms. Fuller continues, "The project may have been completed, but Annmarie would remain in my thoughts. When I heard of her passing I was shocked.
Somehow, she came into my life to teach me something, and she taught me so much more than I could have asked for."
Jeanette Fuller is a resident of Plymouth and although she has had photo exhibitions in the past, this is her first at the WCTV Gallery.