"middle air" is a sixteen page artist book that traces the routine cutting
of a sparse section of lawn in the backyard of our home in rural montana.
Our son, Adam, was fifteen and not keen to yard work or gas-powered mowers.
How is it that these pictures trigger such great feelings of loss for me now,
one year later? Memory is an undeniable force behind making art, the drive not
to forget, documenting the events of our lives over and over again, longing to fill
the void of what's missing.
The eleven pictures were printed in the order they were exposed (from one roll
of 120 mm film) and are a witness to the everyday, prosaic and all that passes
as unremarkable. The hard, mid-day light on the back of my son recalls, for me, an
assurance I’d had when he was still a boy-how wonderful he is in this world.
The pages of the book are "french fold" and hand sewn by esteemed book artist,
Rory Sparks. It is my wish that our collaboration of craftsmanship and art, will
result in a series of books that are both beautiful to view & hold, conveying quality
and great care while extending support to a vital community of book artisans.
Each book will contain "elements" (drawings, marking, etc.) unique to the moments
prior to their preparation for shipping. two silver gelatin prints (7.5 x 7.5 in.) accompany
the book and are hand printed (by Meeks) and processed to archival standards.
The edition size is limited to 40 books and prints.
Raymond Meeks is represented by photo-eye Gallery. See his work here.