Halfstory Halflife by Raymond Meeks. First edition (2018). First impression. Medium format softcover in new condition. Signed, dated and located by Raymond Meeks to title page. No markings, this is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Halfstory Halflife
Over the course of multiple summers, Raymond Meeks has ventured the few miles from his rural home in the Catskill Mountain region of New York, to a single-lane bridge spanning the tributaries of Bowery and Catskill Creeks. Beneath the bridge, a waterfall drops sixty-feet over moss-covered limestone toward a forbidding pond.
The local youth have come here from time immemorial, congregating near outcroppings and around a concrete altar – a remnant of an earlier stone bridge. Most allow themselves a brief running start before launching their pale bodies into the void, where tentative suggestions of flight mark the response to gravity. Taken collectively, their gestures allude to ritual, a prayerful response to the exigencies of budding sexuality and a future rife with uncertainty. Halfstory Halflife is a distillation of the photographs made in the shadows of these falls, marked each summer by the emergence of young adults perched at a precipice both in space and in their lives.
About Raymond Meeks
Raymond Meeks (b. 1963) has been recognized for his books and pictures centred on memory and place. And the way in which a landscape can shape an individual and, in the abstract, how a place possesses you in its absence. So, in 2014, a mid-career retrospective of his books (Where Objects Fall Away) was organized by Light Work. The exhibition featured more than twenty books. Including self-published works. As well as numerous volumes from a variety of publishers.
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