Books — Intimate Vermont

A story without words...Vermont tale is beautiful as it is mundane

Intimate Vermont, photographs by Jon Gilbert Fox, University Press of New England, 2005, 118 pages.

By Lisa Parsons

Intimate Vermont consists of the underbelly of a lactating ewe as she’s being shorn; the worn face of a farmer; tin roofs and iced windshields; spider webs, maple leaves; kids playing tether ball, kids riding bikes, kids selling cocoa. It is in Bingo halls, churches, green pastures and barns.

It is wordless.

It is a scarecrow made with a Clorox-bottle head, sunglasses, an engineer’s cap and a plaid shirt.

It is a crossing guard in a ski mask. It is a lot of county fairs, with signs that were probably painted in 1935, and blue ribbons and candy apples.

It is diner food.

It is mud.

It is cow slobber.

It is often dilapidated and certainly retro but not as a fashion statement.

Intimate Vermont is 118 color photographs, uncaptioned, taken by a professional photographer with 30 years under his belt. That’s it, just the pictures, nothing else except a brief written preface by the photographer, Jon Gilbert Fox. He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire; photographs from this book will be on display through June 25 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon (448-3117,

Almost all the photos are of rural or very-small-town settings.

Intimate Vermont is, like its namesake, simple, quiet and worth the trip.

2005 HippoPress LLC | Manchester, NH