MARTA GIACCONE is an Italian documentary photographer who visited Ripon last summer as part of a larger project called “Systems of Harmony.”      submitted photo
MARTA GIACCONE is an Italian documentary photographer who visited Ripon last summer as part of a larger project called “Systems of Harmony.” submitted photo

     RIPONITES likely forget: our community began, in part, as a utopian experiment.

     Ceresco — that wild commune down the hill — flourished briefly and then disappeared. It was just a single drip from an ocean of years and experiences here in Ripon.

     But do ripples from that drop still reverberate?

     That’s the question an Italian documentary photographer mulled last summer.

     Over the course of several months,  Marta Giaccone toured Ripon and other communities across America with utopian beginnings, peeking at them as an outsider hoping to see tendrils of our hopeful roots still winding their way through town. ...

     To read the entire column, see the March 30, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.