A montage of photographs and poems by Carol Collins will be on display in the Waterbury Library’s cafe through April. Collins grew up on three Vermont farms and her work reflects her love of sheep, wool, farmland, mountains, and nature.
Photography has been an important part of her life since her mother gave her a Brownie Flash camera when she was 10. She loved taking pictures, which her brother developed in their basement. She has written poetry since age 5, and says poetry has “taken me through the hardest times in my life, and I hope it always will.” Collins also teaches how to spin wool and other crafts. She taught creative writing, poetry and drama in Vermont schools for six years. She and her husband designed and built their own home in South Duxbury in 1972.
“Life is not simple, I learned early on,” she says, “but there are decisions we can make that help remove some of the stress, expense and complexity that cause trouble for many in our modern world. Staying close to the land, we grow much of our own food, spend almost nothing on clothing, entertainment and technology.” It is her hope that this theme of a simple life comes through her photos, montages and poems.