I was sad to miss a photo exhibition devoted to the work of Kit Cowan, the late husband of TV writer Michael Ausiello. Now, his work is preserved at Kit Cowan Archives. Ausiello notes of Cowan's focus on his hometown:
Kit had a love/hate relationship with Millersburg. Like an ex he could never quite get over, his hometown simultaneously captivated and haunted him. When people would ask where he was from, he would explain that it was a small town in Pennsylvania that lacked a single traffic light. There was always a tinge of pride in his voice when he described the smallness of Millersburg, too. I always read it as, “Yep, I grew up in the middle of nowhere , and I got OUT!”
I don't believe in an afterlife, so I feel like we have to have fun, experience beauty, help people and make art while we're here. Hopefully, some of what we do—and we're not all heroes, life-saving surgeons, or presidents—will be left behind and will affect people in a positive way after we leave. I think Cowan's work is lovely and touching. I love the color tones, and I love that the images seem to have a presence, even without human beings in them. But like a lot of art, there is a human being in them, their creator.
Enjoy his work and enjoy your life.