Just Add Water.  Photographs by Burk Uzzle. Introduction by Vicki Goldberg.

Just Add Water.

Photographs by Burk Uzzle. Introduction by Vicki Goldberg.
Five Ties Publishing, Brooklyn, 2007. 120 pp., 60 color illustrations, 12x15".

Publisher's Description
A self-described “hard puppy to keep under the porch,” photographer Burk Uzzle created the images in Just Add Water by traveling across the United States with his 8 x 10 camera, capturing the vivid, celebratory, sometimes eccentric personality of the American landscape in the unique style that has become his trademark. This large-format book marks Uzzle’s first major published series of color photographs.

Burk Uzzle, on the photographs in this book: “In most of these pictures I am exulting in America’s personality out on a limb with itself. That teeter-totter balance between logic and humor as the limb seems about to break also relates to how I strive for formally impeccable compositions but then have some loose lug nut rattling around somewhere in the frame, giving a subversive aspect to the dialogue between graphics and content. It’s as if America and I try so hard to get everything right, but in spite of ourselves we invariably end up out on that limb, finding that often the only real salvation comes with a gentle chuckle and a sly, knowing smile. All my pictures seem to conclude that logic, while useful to a point, is by itself a bore. So we might as well have a little fun, even if it’s in between some tears.”

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