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Paradise by the flashbulb's lights

Paradise by the flashbulb's lights

Tall Southern tales, raging sawgrass fires and ambitious townsfolk living along the jagged coastline in the Ten Thousand Islands dwell in Jim Goldberg and Jordan Stein's new photography installation at the Norton Museum of Art. A spotlight on the gallery wall shines on a rundown, overturned boat, a nod to the duo's encounter with a fisherman in his 80s who wanted to re-create Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of his shack. The elderly man, Goldberg recalls, gave them a tour around the tiny community of Plantation Island southeast of Naples, on a kayak built for his late wife.

"I like to think of the boat as a representation of Eden, and have light shine on it, so...