Beverly Pearce

Lovett Burn


These images are from a Winchester, Virginia, building circa late 1800s, which sustained fire damage in the 1970s. It has quietly absorbed the impact of people and events over the decades, leaving marks and fragmented stories.


The smoky, ethereal forms were created when smoke buffeted around and behind clothes that had been hung on nails on the walls, presumably because of a lack of closets.


No one was injured in the fire, but the upper floors of the building that were affected were stabilized and closed for decades. It has now been renovated into apartments, with only these photographs serving as witness to its time of quiet limbo.


Lovett Burn is offered in limited editions of 20 on photo rag paper 11.5" x 17.25" (~29 x  44 cm).