Ed Kinney ~ Unrequited Memories:
Documents of Life in the Bay of Fundy and the Minas Basin
June 15 through August 3, 2002

World War II drastically changed the lives of young men in rural Nova Scotia, Canada where my wife, Moreen was born. Before, these men followed in their fathers' footsteps - lumber, fishing and farming, caring little of life in cities, a scant distance away. Radio was their contact. My father-in-law delivered mail, sometimes with a horse drawn sled in the winter and Moreen's Mom tended the garden and home while raising three.

Children walked to a two room school. When not studying, children played Monopoly or wandered the beaches of the Bay of Fundy and the Minas Basin in the summer and winter. Church consumed Sunday. Life was plain but this changed in September, 1939. Canada entered the war along side Great Britain to fight Nazi Germany,

Now in retirement, Moreen and I return often to the Bay of Fundy and the adjacent Minas Basin to visit with the few relatives that remain and friends who likewise, return to relive memories. Moreen vividly remembers neighbor homes, the smell of freshly baked pies and children playing, in contrast with today's often vacated homes and near empty streets. These recent photographs depict her unrequited memories of life in rural Nova Scotia.

After four years in the Navy during the Korean War, Ed Kinney earned a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. In industry, he worked for Monsanto Chemical in St. Louis and Chevron in several locations.

Following retirement, Ed has had several one man and multi-artist shows, mostly images of Middle Eastern men, a region he frequents as the San Francisco Bay Area's editor for International Travel News magazine. Ed is basically a self-taught photographer acknowledging the wonderful assistance Dorothy Mayers, Andrea McLaughlin and Raphael Shevelev have provided, especially in preparing this show; his first venture into black and white photography.

During 45 years of marriage, Moreen Kinney often described her youth, quite different from his experiences while growing up in the coal fields of West Virginia. This documentary is Ed Kinney's on-going attempt to visualize Moreen's childhood believing the realism of black and white best captures  life in the Bay of Fundy, as uncomplicated now as it was in the 1940's.

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