Donna wesley Spencer photography

Historic interiors

These photographs were made in the Frances Willard House in Evanston, IL. At the time, I was working on the "Books" project. While touring the house, I noticed a particular book shelf – a fascinating glimpse into history as the books were worn from time and use. The light in the room was beautiful. After conversations and agreements, I was given permission to photograph that bookshelf, and I also took a few photos of the room as the light was so good that day. I shared those photos with the museum and that began a conversation about the history of the house and the books. I wanted to learn all about the house and its history, and because the place had remained so untouched by change, it really was like photographing another time. I am grateful to have had the privilege of spending quiet time in the house to make these photographs.