Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Susan Burnstine Photographer Susan Burnstine picks The Burn by Jane Fulton Alt as photo-eye Book of the Week.
The Burn by Jane Fulton Alt.
Kehrer Verlag, 2013.
"What first began as an exploration of ecological regeneration for Jane Fulton Alt transitioned into a deeply personal journey following two pivotal events in her life; the birth of her first grandchild and her sister’s diagnoses of cancer. The resulting monograph, The Burn, evolves as a poetic study of contrasting elements within the intense theater of controlled burns.
The images are undeniably beautiful, yet they are far more complex than standard landscape imagery given that physical elements of the burn emerge as a metaphor for life and death by way of smoke, which, Alt explains, 'obscures and reveals.'
While some may envisage these evocative images reproduced on a grand scale, this delicate 8x8 monograph effectually invites viewers to get closer to the subject, emphasizing the intimacy and contemplative nature of this affecting work." —Susan Burnstine
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