EASTON — Photographer Monica Hurley-Lawson has been photographing her hometown of Easton for yrs. Now, for the to start with time, locals can keep their very own collection of Hurley-Lawson’s art photographs of their town.
This month, 59-calendar year-aged Hurley-Lawson printed her first photography ebook, entitled “By the Lens: Easton, Massachusetts.” Her shots concentration on Easton’s historic architecture an enough conservation land.
Hurley-Lawson to start with began having pics through her time at Coyle and Cassidy Superior School in Taunton, which closed down final calendar year. She said it was when she bought her initially Canon camera.
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Immediately after graduation, she took a photography study course at Regis College just before transferring to Stonehill Higher education in Easton and, staying a athletics lover, photographing sporting situations, as perfectly as character.
“I would take shots of butterflies and bouquets, the common starter stuff,” she claimed.
Throughout that time, Hurley-Lawson also did freelance photography for The Organization of Brockton from 1985 to 1990.
A long time later on, right after Hurley-Lawson’s son started enjoying baseball at Oliver Ames Higher University in Easton, she started out documenting all his baseball game titles via her images. She also took images of her daughter participating in softball and her son playing baseball in college or university.
Eventually, Hurley-Lawson started off taking images about Easton. A couple yrs back, she started out garnering a subsequent of her images through a Fb team named Easton Tales. She said she would publish the pics of the town and persons would remark about how a great deal they savored them.
“That’s when I could get my art out there for persons to see,” she explained.
Hurley-Lawson labored as a playground aide and then a paraprofessional at Richardson Olmstead Elementary in Easton for 20 a long time, but retired this past June. She assumed about producing a photography ebook for years, but her retirement was the final press.
“That gave me the incentive of ‘All right, let’s do anything about all these hundreds and thousands of photos that I have of Easton,'” she mentioned.
So Hurley-Lawson organized all her pics and designed a 50-webpage photography e book. She reported most of the shots are from the past 5 many years.
But inspite of many of the pictures becoming of historic destinations, she explained, she failed to want it to be the type of images reserve that had blurbs about the background of just about every photographed place.
Instead, Hurley-Lawson collected prices about Easton from inhabitants and individuals who perform in the city and set these under the pictures with the assistance of regional historians Edward Fingers and Frank Mennino.
“I would appreciate for people to see it — those who applied to stay in city it’s possible grew up below and you should not any more,” she explained. “I would enjoy them to be in a position to get it and see it for the reason that it’s going to deliver back again tons of recollections.”
On Hurley-Lawson’s Facebook web page, she also gives tailor made prints, mugs, coasters, puzzles and much more with her artwork, in scenario any photographs particularly resonate with visitors.
“All I really want is to have people just have some superior memories and some very good emotion when they appear at my pictures. That can make me pleased,” she mentioned.
“By means of the Lens: Easton, Massachusetts” is offered at Paperback Junction, Simpson Spring, and Paint Rust and Pixie Dust in Easton for $55. You can also email Hurley-Lawson at [email protected] to purchase a copy.
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