What Still Remains.
Photographs by Jessica Backhaus. Text by Jean Dykstra.
Kehrer Verlag, 2009.
Numerous color illustrations., 11¼x9¾".
What Still Remains is the title of a photo series made up of 65 works created since 2006 in various locations. After her first book, Jesus and the Cherries, about life in Rural Poland, the German-American photographer Jessica Backhaus now pursues in this cycle of photographs the question of why things that have been forgotten or left behind pop up in specific places and then seem to take on a life of their own. Backhaus has succeeded here in capturing motifs that exude an air both of sublime and enigmatic. Our gaze is transfixed as we attempt to unravel the mystery of what makes these banal objects so intriguing.
In their composed beauty and expressiveness, Backhaus' photographs are reminiscent of still life paintings. But unlike the classical paintings depicting what were often artificial tableaux of objects meant to evoke aspects of vanitas, Backhaus manages to make time and transience palpable by framing scenes she comes upon by accident.
About the Limited Edition
Collector's Edition in rusted metal box with signed and numbered C-print inserted in the book. Sheet format ca. 28 x 24 cm. Choice of two images:'Destiny,' 'Marlon Brando'; edition of 25 each.