Somersault.  Photographs by Raymond Meeks.
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Photographs by Raymond Meeks.
MACK, London, UK, 2021. 72 pp., 6¾x9¾".

Publisher's Description

‘We live our lives in widening circles, rarely appreciating their nature and how they bring us back. In a year, my daughter will be leaving home and is no stranger to a similar wanderlust I once knew. As a father, I always felt it was important to instill a profound sense of place, to identify with a certain place as home, even as these ideals have, over recent years, taken on relative meaning. I photograph close to home as memory loses structure, its architecture, trying to make light speak from the fixed edges of rooms long vanished.’ - Raymond Meeks

Inspired by his daughter’s entrance into adulthood and her immanent departure from home, Raymond Meeks studies the centrifugal forces of the places we live – how they anchor us, repel us, and return to us – through scenes that appear both fragile and immovable. In these photographs, gardens give way to thicket, houses are suspended on stacked railroad ties, and telephone wires and train lines suggest the networks we build to find our way through the world’s wilderness.

Among these domestic landscapes are portraits of Meeks’ daughter, which capture the introspection and inquisitiveness of early adulthood while paying tribute to the ultimate mystery of their subject’s consciousness. Following the success of Meeks’ previous book, ciprian honey cathedralSomersault is a concise, poetic reflection on home and the ties that bind us to it — all the stronger as they fade into the half-light.

About the Limited Edition:

Limited Edition of 150 copies: The special edition will comprise a signed and numbered copy of the first printing of the book, with a silver gelatin print (printed by Meeks) hand tipped-in to the front cover. Also included will be a unique drawing, titled us two, sitting near, inserted into the back endpaper; a singer sewn booklet, titled trumpet vine companion; all housed in a greyboard sleeve slipcase, gessoed with unique hand-applied repurposed paper. Print size: 5.5 x 7.1 inches.

*There is a $25 handling fee for the Limited Editions as they will ship directly from the UK to photo-eye Bookstore*


Reviewed by Brian Arnold on photo-eye Blog.

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