Barn’s burnt down –
I can see the moon.
I’ve always found Masahide’s poem particularly powerful and positive. It inspires you to work on the perception of things and try to find value in any situation.
What got me thinking about that quote – and perception – is our Book of the Week, Matt Niebuhr’s Portraits, Faces and Profiles of Utility. Matt is an architect intern and a talented fine art photographer fascinated by perception. On his book’s detail page he writes, “I pursue photography as an opportunity to investigate the threshold at which ordinary visibility ends and perception begins.” He blogs about it too. And he explores it in this book.
Portraits, Faces and Profiles of Utility consists of photographs of barns and corn cribs across Iowa. Don’t be fooled into thinking that these are your standard shabby chic, clichéd barn shots. Matt tries to picture these structures differently, approaching them as sculpture. The resulting images are poetic, artistically balanced, beautiful, and well poised. To me, some of the photographs conveyed an organic loneliness and sense of isolation, but that’s just my perception. View the book’s preview and let us know what you see.
Well done, Matt. We enjoyed this book and your detailed, insightful book description very much. On your Web site, you mention that you’re seeking opportunities for gallery representation. Let us know when you schedule an exhibition. If we can’t attend, we hope you make a book about it.