From 2002 through 2010 Marie Triller took on the task of witness by documenting each September 11 at ground zero. This ritual of thousands of mourners gathering around fences and barricades became a living memorial. Triller's collection of images present a searing account of a seminal aspect of post-9/11 history.
Ten Years: Remembering 9/11 by Marie Triller (John Isaacs Books, New York) with a foreword by NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and an afterword by Eleanor Heartney of Art on America.
Secrets of Belize
Secrets of Belize is an ongoing personal project which documents life in Belize’s small coastal villages and islands. For over fifteen years Triller has photographed a country she finds seductive and captivating. She discovers its mystique in the profile of an aging fisherman or on the face of an exuberant child afloat in the sea.
Any Given Day
Any Given Day is an ongoing series which includes images from New York to London, Uruguay to Ireland. These photographs present ordinary moments made extraordinary due to human behavior and interactions. I like to refer to these shots as those of “people caught in the act of being human”.
Sculptor Henry Moore once stated (something like this…) that an individual is easily recognized at a distance by their form - not by one’s eye color or the curl of their lip - rather, it is one’s unique form and attitude of that form, that reveals their identity at a glance, long before facial details and distinctive mien greet the viewer’s eye.
The nuts and bolts of it is this…when we travel together, Miguel slices in and out of my frame. This is bound to happen since he walks much faster than I do, and often winds up far ahead of me. Stopping constantly to photograph something or someone, I trail behind.
I’ve come to use this to my advantage, allowing his solitary figure to punctuate the scene before me. No matter the distance between us,
I recognize Miguel, Henry Moore - style. Though the images of him I have created present a mysterious Everyman, to me they remain uniquely personal portraits of the man I share my life with.
Coke Squares is an ongoing personal project, much of which has been created in Belize, Central America, where I frequently photograph. The ubiquitous large red circle - slashed with Coca-Cola cursive - punctuates many streets here. I consider the logo a design element within my frame, adding bold color and shape to the image as well as a rhythmic beat to a series of street storefront images cropped into squares.
I’ve always photographed my own shadow. Intercepting the sunlight to brand myself onto a surface or landscape became a ritual of my travels, thwarted only by a fickle sun.
In more recent years I also began to share this rite with my significant other. The ongoing results are my photographic souvenirs.They remind me of fleeting moments together; when the magic of light etched us into far-flung places.