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Books About Cabins: Tumulus & Cabin and Woods

from left to right: Tumulus & Cabin and Woods
Photographing worn out or abandoned and dilapidated wooden houses in the dense forest is an ideal project. The romanticism and fantasy of living in the woods can take hold at an early age and stick with someone for the rest of their life. Escape and isolation, a sense of self-reliance and sustainability all come to mind when thinking of an ideal existence as a hermit removed from the comfortable sounds and interactions most of us rely on from one another. As a kid, my retreat was a wooden cabin in the backyard. Adorned with deer, turtle and cow skulls I found on the family farm, and with a napping spot for my dog, I would spend afternoons plotting grand schemes too outlandish to share with my friends. For these reasons I'm still drawn to this nostalgia of isolation. When I see relating artistic projects that deal with notions of escape and self-reliance, whether it's Little Brown Mushroom's Lost Boy Mountain, Lucas Foglia's A Natural Order or even Elin Hoyland's The Brothers, an unexplainable excitement momentarily takes over. And while tediously studying the shelves this week I came across a few more books that sparked my excitement.

from Cabin and Woods
from Cabin and Woods
Cabin and Woods by Coley Brown and Cristiano Guerri contains a series of short lived moments that weave together a bizarre portrait of the backwoods experience. There is a certain mystery that accompanies the nostalgic overtones of this modest two-volume set. Landscapes of dense forests with a trace of quirky human interactions take up most of the photographs here. There are occasionally cabins with depictions of their odd and rustic designs and occasional reminders of the occupants living in them. The photographs in this set are printed full-bleed and contain eloquent elements throughout both volumes. Smoke billowing through the woods and a long retired bus that resembles a relic from a Ken Kesey flashback indicate a haunting landscape, one that is easy to escape in, even if you're viewing it only from the outside.

from Tumulus
from Tumulus
Tumulus by Roger Eberhard & James Nizam contains simply beautiful photographs of the life of wooden homes deep within the Canadian forests. The subjects of the photographers' images have been abandoned and left for nature to take its slow and diligent course. The book begins with homes recently abandoned and moves to photographs that show the eventual physical state of the still standing cabins. The quality of light is stunning and brings out an ominous undertone, almost as if the viewer can sense the demise of each individual residence. The homes eventually rest in large structural heaps of wood that resemble elements of burial mounds and lost ruins, causing the viewer to ponder beyond the striking picture and question how such a relic came to be. -- Antone Dolezal

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