Pieces of String.
Photographs by Justin Kimball. Text by Douglas M. Kimball.
Radius Books, 2012. 136 pp., 60 color illustrations, 10x9½".
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For four years Justin Kimball (born 1961) accompanied his brother Doug, an auctioneer, into the houses of the recently deceased or dispersed. While Doug cleared these spaces of items for potential resale, Justin sought within them the evidence of an individual’s life. Photographing “the smallest objects (a note, a box of hair pins, a stain on a pillow),” he reimagines their existence and relationship to their absent owners. “I use the camera's descriptive power and the photographic illusion of truth to create the narrative and inspire feelings about its subject,” he writes of these images. “The resulting photographs are my perception of what happened in those spaces: who lived there? What was hidden and what was seen?” These 60 color photographs explore the minutiae of everyday life and contemplate our brief and humble legacies before they are cleaned up and cast to the wind. Pieces of String includes a booklet of Kimball’s essay describing the emotional storm blowing through our era of foreclosed and abandoned homes.
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