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Friday, June 12, 2015

The Dusk Series,

Continuing the Dusk Series that I began in Fall 2014 at the MacDowell Colony, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and continued throughout the winter in Northampton, Massachusetts, these images were taken at dusk in West Wales, in the UK, in May and June, 2015. 

It's hard to wait for dusk in Wales around the Summer Solstice--the sun only sets around 10:30 pm. So I may have rushed some of these. To make up for it, I took photos in places like Ty Canol Wood, in Pembrokeshire--one of the few patches of primeval forest left in Britain--where tree shadows help dusk fall sooner. To my mind, the dusk images capture the neon-green glow and feel of Ty Canol better than the tradition photo below.

I discovered from a friend, Judy White, that in Celtic cosmology, the new day began at dusk. I like that. Consider this series a new departure...

Thanks for looking.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Vamp & Tramp

The premier American artist's book dealer, Vamp & Tramp, out of Birmingham, Alabama,
will now be representing my book AfterShadows: A Grand Canyon Narrative.

This link leads you to the listing:

and this one leads you to their catalogue and website:

The have a lot of way-cooler-than-you-or-I-could-begin-to-imagine artist's books
for sale. Enjoy!

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Canadian poet and artist John Olsthoorn did a wonderful interview with me about my word and image work for the journal Numero Cinq, for the March 2015 issue. Here's the link:

Hope you enjoy!

Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis
You know the feeling you get when you walk through very old cemeteries? A kind of frustration that you can’t ever know these people, even though testaments to their...

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My essay Erosion--featured in the artist's book AfterShadows: A Grand Canyon Narrative--
has just been published in the journal Lumina. Here's the link:

Enjoy Lumina! It's a terrific publication.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Grand Canyon Narrative

Finally! I've been threatening to make an artist's book from the petrograph images
I created at the Grand Canyon--and I did at last. 


But I didn't do it alone. Amy Borezo, of Shelter Bookworks in Orange, Mass, built a beautiful
case and cover for my 29 images and essay entitled "Erosion," which frames the well of
images in four segments. Each accordion-pleated segment slips out of its mylar envelope to 
be read on its own, or in accordance with the other sections of text. The driving idea is that because the Grand Canyon is public and accessible to all, we'd attempt to make the book as inexpensive and accessible as we could. It's nearly impossible to make an artist's book for $50 or under, but Amy and I kept the materials simple and achieved our goal.

AfterShadows is in an edition of 50 copies, each of which costs $50. Thanks for following
the progress, from 2011 until now! Here are some images of the book.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Dusk Series,


More images in the between-day-and-night series, as the colors of fall shade into those of winter. I've experimented with printing, and found a wonderful resource, Evolv Art Printing, in Easthampton, Mass, which is able to make gorgeous archival pigment prints from these images (if I say so myself).
They are now for sale. 

These are straightforward digital images shot on my Olympus DSLR camera--nothing's been distorted or added in photoshop. I just open the shutter and move the camera in low light. By using the camera to “document” nature in a state of temporal and spatial mutability, the images destabilize our expectations, rendering the intangible and reordering our relationship to what we call “landscape."