A beautiful and ongoing crowdfunded project about individuals living off the grid.
In House of Coates, writer Brad Zellar pieces together the story of legendary recluse Lester B. Morrison. Working from a handful of encounters and contradictory conversations, a sketchy paper trail and often confounding interviews with individuals who may or may not have been “associates” of Morrison (including Morrison’s former collaborator Alec Soth), Zellar attempts to reconstruct one episode from Morrison’s decidedly episodic life. In the winter of 2011, Zellar finally crossed paths with his evasive subject, and was –with Morrison’s permission– granted access to the results of an MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test that Morrison submitted to in August of 2009, along with the administrating psychiatrist’s copious notes. Finally, in late December of last year, Zellar received in the mail a duct-taped shoebox –marked “PERISHABLE”– containing almost two hundred photographs that Morrison termed “disposable documents of the approximate period in question.”
From these raw materials designer Hans Seeger has assembled a book that Morrison himself has pronounced, “Probably close enough to what might or might not have happened, and that’s as much as I’ve learned to expect from the so-called ‘real world.’”
Beautifully and diversely photographed and a just as beatifull subtle narrative. This personal story, made while traveling on assignment, reminds me why i love photography.
“Jeppesen’s large-format photographs are rooted in the tradition of German documentary with its tendency toward classification. This is an impressionistic take on the visual index–one that seeks out the spontaneous and the discarded, the undefined and the uncertain. As the title suggests, the images inhabit that liminal space between darkness and twilight: atmosphere, heavy and thick, flows like a life force through the book, and always manages to obscure as much as it reveals. The specificity of the people, places, and things all fade, leaving light, color, and texture as the only framework, along with the impression that what we see is not necessarily what we are shown.” Steidl.
The Austrailian photographers couple working on their earlier work ‘dreamlives’. A personal body of work about Australia. Also see their later work ‘Minutes to midnight’.
Very inspiring to see how they work and how they motivate their way of working.
A huge inspiration and motivation for my work ‘getting lost’. Both in way of working as in the visual aspect.
Alec Soth is one of my favorite photographers at this moment, in his serie ‘Sleeping by the Mississippi’ he uses the Mississippi as a methaphor for wondering, “a boyish sort of go with the flow wondering” as he says.
A long term project i work on is about the transitions the ex sovjet countries undertake. here’s a few new pictures in this series
One of my personal favorites, Jonas Bendiksen. watch and be amazed.