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hide - LTD.

Photographs by Jason Vaughn.
TBW Books, Oakland, CA, USA, 2015. In English. 74 pp., 40 four-color plates.



Publisher's Description

hide began as a commentary of Wisconsin’s hunting culture through exploration of the hand crafted deer stands used to obscure the hunter as a metaphor for the sport’s changing values.

Vaughn’s long drives through rural Wisconsin and his conversations with hunters about the tradition’s role in their families moved him to shoot. Many stands were built on family owned land with permanence in mind, a tangible symbol that would pass on to those who would inherit the land and its customs.

The images are infused with a serenity that aligns with the hunter’s insistence that their sport is not about violence but about oneness with nature, a time to be spent with children, a means of providing sustenance for large families. The decaying condition of many of the stands illustrates the tradition’s recent decline.

In 2011, at age 32, Vaughn was diagnosed with leukemia. With a 3-month old son at home, he re-approached the work with contemplations on permanence, mortality, and decay. hide is a reflection of the author’s own legacies, family, his home, and ultimately, the acceptance of change.

Materials chosen for the special edition mimic the essence of the deer stands; weathered and rugged plywood, taking on the characteristics of their surroundings, meant to conceal the contents within, these rough elements are used in contrast to the edition’s finely milled and assembled framework.

An edition of 30, the boxset includes a signed and silkscreened colophon, two signed Kodak F Surface prints, reflecting the area’s two extreme climates of summer and winter, and a signed copy of Jason Vaughn’s hide.

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Read the interview with Jason Vaughn on photo-eye Blog


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