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Experimental Lake.
Photographs by Guillaume Simoneau.
Mack, London, England, 2016. 144 pp., color illustrations, 8x9¾".

Publisher's Description

This compendium of images is unhinged from the moorings of conventional narrative readings. They speak of travel, pilgrimage, epiphany and discovery with a simple, selfless stoicism. Time of day, experiments out on the water, scientific equipment, all suggest an itinerary at once mysterious and immanent, pungent and rich. A fragmented litany of objectivities forms a cohesive chain of elliptical meanings. We are complicit in the constitution of sense as each image stakes its claim upon us.

Simoneau’s photographs are like signposts in the wilderness. They are not memorial in nature but sing nature’s praises alongside human handiwork. A fugitive storyline is to be pieced together by us out of the folklore of the moment wherein the artist and now we, his viewers, find ourselves, on the cusp, as it were, and hungry for answers. The sense is to be inveigled slowly, both dark and light, over time. The artist builds a pattern and parses out eloquent details that define his itinerary in time and space.

These images have an uncanny orbital resonance, but what seems at first discursive has a deep underlying intuitive order and teleology. If you are sensitive to that, to images at once migratory and pitch-perfect in their mien, you can hear angels singing in the wires.

Guillaume Simoneau (b. 1978, Lévis, Québec) began his independent studies in photography after completing a diploma in applied science. His renowned body of work Love and War was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and published by Dewi Lewis Publishing. The publication was shortlisted for both the First Book Award and European Publishers Award for Photography. His new work entitled Experimental Lake is the subject of his second book, published by MACK and a forthcoming exhibition at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Canada.

PLEASE NOTE: Imperfect copies have a slight bump to the leading edge of the boards (not affecting text block).


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