Borrowing its title from the Wallace Stevens poem in which “little existed for him but the few things / for which a fresh name always occurred,” Tim Carpenter’s Local Objects is a solid yet remarkably unassuming body of work: a calm, steady rhythm of 74 medium format photographs made in the semi-rural American Midwest.⠀
Local Objects by Tim Carpenter. Co-published by The Ice Plant. https://buff.ly/2laKK7f
Brunch at The Ice Plant yesterday was AMAZING! If you’re ever in St Augustine, this is the spot to check out 👌🏼 Also - I’ll be writing a blog post this week on where to eat and what to do for a spontaneous low key weekend getaway in St Augustine 🌊👙🦀
I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Slack from @the.ice.plant today! The Ice Plant has published two of my favorite photo books from this year (by Albert Elm and this book by Tim Carpenter), and I'm looking forward to stocking Mike's new book, "The Transverse Path," very soon.
These images are from Tim Carpenter's "Local Objects," which is available now at @woodentoothrecords and on the web store.
"Borrowing its title from the Wallace Stevens poem in which “little existed for him but the few things / for which a fresh name always occurred,” Tim Carpenter’s Local Objects is a solid yet remarkably unassuming body of work: a calm, steady rhythm of 74 medium format photographs made in the semi-rural American Midwest. While each picture meticulously frames the seemingly random non-activity of a typical ‘street view’ image, Carpenter’s contemplative sequencing allows a surprising harmony of natural and geometric motifs to modulate quietly throughout the book — an interplay of minor chords that draw the viewer into this specific physical place (mostly central Illinois, where he grew up) and the subjective, literary space of the work. Detached from the urgency of current affairs, stripped of all excess, Carpenter’s photographs reflect a poetic attempt to see “the thing in itself,” to make meaning with the barest tools possible."
Photographs from Albert Elm's "What Sort Of Life Is This," published by The Ice Plant (2017). Now available at @woodentoothrecords and on the web store.
"Since 2009, Danish photographer Albert Elm (born 1990) has pursued his curiosity about human activity with a restless energy and intrepid wanderlust, crossing far-flung time zones, boarding the Trans-Siberian Railway, traveling alone in Dubai, China, India, or just walking through his neighborhood in Copenhagen. What Sort of Life Is This remixes Elm’s distant and local journeys into a bewildering panoply of narrative fragments and surreal compositions that feels both global and personal, fractured yet strangely complete. Referencing numerous styles and genres (all shot on 35mm film), the work explodes with the spontaneous color and complexity of life — tender, violent, lonely, joyful, bizarre. Equalizing the exotic and the banal, the book treats every picture as if it were made in the same mystifying place: the world itself."
Shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation 2017 PhotoBook Award for First PhotoBook.
"What Sort Of Life Is This" by Albert Elm, published by The Ice Plant. This book combines photos from Albert's personal trips to locations all over the world, spanning the years from 2009 - 2015. His use of color and tight composition conjures a feeling of dreamlike disorientation. Shot on film, the use of grain only adds to that sense of over stimulation and reminds me of Japanese photobooks from prior decades. Definitely pick this up if you get a chance. #photobookjousting#albertelm#whatsortoflifeisthis#theiceplant#nyabf17
Albert Elm. What Sort of Life is This? Some next-level publishing from our friends at The Ice Plant (Los Angeles). Just landed -- in store and online now. One of our early tips for best photobook of the year. Pleasantly jarring, grittily kaleidoscopic and playfully odd. Great stuff. #perimeterbooks#theiceplant#albertelm @albert_elm @the.ice.plant
Tim Carpenter. Local Objects. A quiet, poised, subtly formal series of photographs. Stunningly published by our friends at The Ice Plant (Los Angeles). Just landed -- in store and online now! #perimeterbooks#theiceplant#timcarpenter @the.ice.plant @timcarpenter