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Exhibit Connects Maine Convicts With their Younger Selves
01/17/2014   Reported By: Keith Shortall

A new exhibition of photographs, text, and video in Biddeford explores the idea that prisoners who have lost everything because of their choices and deeds have a heightened sense of what's important in life. REFLECT: Convicts' Letters to Their Younger Selves, is the creation of southern Maine photographer Trent Bell, who told Keith Shortall that he was inspired by a good friend, who was sentenced to more than three decades behind bars.

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REFLECT: Convicts' Letters to Their Younger Selves, opens Friday, Jan. 10, at Engine in Biddeford. It includes large-scale portraits of inmates at the Maine State Prison, with letters from the prisoners written to their younger selves. The exhibition also includes a video documentation, shot and edited by Joe Carter.

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Photo:  Trent Bell

Editor's Note: This story originally aired on Morning Edition on January 10, 2014


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