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Some Thing Means Everything to Somebody.

Photographs by Peter Mitchell.
RRB Publishing, Bristol, England, 2015. In English. 132 pp., 124 four-color illustrations, 9x11".

Publisher's Description

Some Thing Means Everything to Somebody has recently been featured in The New York Times in an article by Geoff Dyer.

This much anticipated work follows Mitchell’s sell-out monograph Strangely Familiar, one of the fastest selling photobooks of 2013. Now he tackles his own experience of time passing in inimitable surreal style, pairing significant images of personal ephemera chronologically with images of scarecrows taken over the last 40 years.

The combination of personal belongings with scarecrows highlights the quirky and eccentric view Peter has shown throughout his work – the humdrum and mundane becomes weird and wonderful, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. This is a document of both the literal and the allegorical: blank scarecrow faces in empty landscapes with muted skies connect to a bleak pastoral sensibility, while horded things map out Peter’s life chronologically.

He says: “Scarecrows have always been a feature of my childhood...I’ve purposefully chosen ones that have no face on them because I didn’t want people to laugh at them but imagine them as people... I’ve paired them with the objects that I’ve got which are my own scruffy little objects - treasured objects I’ve had since I was little. I chose them because I use them everyday. Everyday objects with the figure of Everyman.”

The book employs hand-made fonts combined with narratives purposefully jangling and rattling the viewer along with this eclectic panoply of possessions. Peter, a child of the Airfix generation, recorded this vibrantcollection of scarecrows over 40 years and presents this array as an autobiography.

“Peter Mitchell’s new book is one hundred per cent quirky…All aboard for the Roach Motel!” — Colin Pantall

Read the review by Karen Jenkins on photo-eye Blog

Edition of 950 with print.

About the limited edition:

Special edition of 50 copies in a slipcase with a large handmade print (5? x 5?).


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