Inscape: noun [ in’ska ̄p’] The essential, distinctive, and revelatory quality of a person, place, or object; the distinctive, dynamic design that constitutes individual identity, especially as expressed in artistic work.

Inscape offers an intimate glimpse into the studios of four artists located inside the historic Inscape Arts building, a Seattle landmark that once housed dark memories. The artists’ relationship to the physical space and the community they’ve established within it reveals how Inscape influences their work.

Drawn to Durham by the Center for Documentary Studies, photographer Michelle Hanes moved from Seattle to study filmmaking, writing, and audio at CDS and to earn her Masters of Liberal Studies at Duke. Now back home, she is continuing her documentary work with a multimedia project about a community of early-onset-memory-loss patients, and a master’s thesis about photographers who give cameras to children so they can document their own lives.

This was the final project for the Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. See more Spring 2014 final projects at cdsporch.org/archives/22348.

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