In Praise of Stories.  Photographs by Andrew Beckham.

In Praise of Stories.

Photographs by Andrew Beckham.
Raven's Raft, Denver, 2005. 25 pp., 20 Piezography quad-tone carbon inkjet illustrations, 11x17".

Publisher's Description
The images in this project are layered as translucent graphite drawings floating over black and white photographs, and are meant to be viewed simultaneously as well as side by side (the turned page). The final incarnation of these images are presented as archival, carbon inkjet prints. The project evolved into a book, unbound. The loose pages reflect the content, physical and metaphorical, that underpins In Praise of Stories.

In Praise of Stories is about layers. The layers of natural and geologic systems, and the layers of myth and storytelling that human endeavor drapes upon both historical and contemporary geographies. To extrapolate one from the other is a form of storytelling as well, a sort of meditation on the weight of an unspeaking universe, juxtaposed against the nearly endless chatter of human explanation for that universe: the ancient and insatiable need for meaning.

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