The Master Gallery
January 31 – April 27, 2019
Animal, Mineral, Myth
Photography and Photo Illustrations by Jeanette Winter
My Mythical Land
A tiny troll doll. I was seven years old.
Troll pictures on walls in Uncle Bowman’s house,
talk of tomten in a Swedish accent—
this was part of my mind’s landscape when I was a child.
They stayed tucked away in a corner of my consciousness.
Until 1968, when they came to the forefront again.
I wrote and illustrated my first published book—
THE CHRISTMAS VISITORS, about Norwegian trolls.
The trolls receded, forgotten, until 45 years later.
A trip to Iceland and Greenland brought them forward again—
they were there all along.
I wanted to see icebergs in Iceland— I saw horses.
I saw primeval landscapes.
I saw craggy mountains and rock formations.
I photographed the horses.
I photographed the landscapes.
And I photographed the craggy mountains and rock formations.
There I saw the hidden people, the trolls and all the folk
that might live in these crags and caves.
But the photographs didn’t seem complete, so I added the little people.
I had found their home.