Signs and Wonders.
Photographs by Stuart Rome.
Southeast Museum of Photography,
56 pp., 39 four-color illustrations, 10x10".
Signs and Wonders is a vertical transect through time and through the natural world. Stuart Rome's images condense, flatten and compress the multitude of subtle time signatures that are present in a landscape to construct a complex language of referents and conjunctions. It is evident when we stop and examine these photographs, that beyond these closely observed details from the landscape, there emerges a portrait of the land as a living canvas of marks, gestures and symbols; teeming with an energy and regenerative vitality that is constantly in a state of flux and renewal.