Item description for Alone Together by David Graham...
The secretive life of a pair of solitary lovers is revealed in this collection of pictures that resound with the beauty of the windswept island they inhabited. Arthur and Nan Kellam left California and their defense industry work just after World War II, establishing a life without "the burden of abundance" on Placentia Island, just off the coast of Maine. Their small cabin was their refuge from civilization---a haven they shared only with each other---and when they left it, their home remained untouched. These intriguing photographs, showing every cup, book, and letter exactly wherethe Kellamsleft them, speak ofthe deep love of two people for each other and for the natural beauty around them.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 9.5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher Boxed Books, Inc.
ISBN 1933672420 ISBN13 9781933672427
Availability 0 units.
More About David Graham
David Graham currently resides in Bucks County, in the state of Pennsylvania. David Graham was born in 1952.
For thirty-five years, I have lived with this island dominating the view from my living room windows. The poignant life story of the "Kellams of Placentia Island" is a legend on Swans Island and throughout the neighboring community. These beautiful photographs do justice to the elegant simplicity and loving retreat created by this couple. Thanks to David and to Nicols for respectfully saving this piece of our heritage.
Evocative and Poignant Nov 16, 2003
The photographs are terrific, and the narrative does a beautiful job of connecting them. It's a photography book, after all, not just a story with pictures. Anyone who has ever spent any time on a coastal island in Maine will appreciate the sensitivity and beauty of the photographs, and I found the story of the Kellams very meaningful. The story of their life should cause us all to reconsider our priorities.
Alone Together Apr 8, 2003
I was extremely disappointed in this book. I read a review for it in my local paper and was so intrigued I pre-ordered it at least a month before it became available. I checked my mailbox each day and when it finally arrived I read it and looked at the pictures for maybe 30 minutes. I'm not sure how I missed this, but I was expecting a life story, not a breif narrative with photos. The photos were lovely, but as the narrative, simply left more questions than were answered. What a great book this could have been!
Author's explanation Apr 3, 2003
Naturally, being the author of the text of this book, and a fan of Graham's photography, I give it five stars--but also because the review format insists that I rate it.(Another example of the domination of the machine. Otherwise, I would have left the rating blank.)
To avoid any confusion, it should be noted that the photographs by David Graham were taken before the contents of the house were removed and that the book is, in fact, a catalogue for his current exhibition in Philadelphia.
Graham used my essay on the Kellams, which also appears in my book Against the Machine, as text, arranging his photographs in the sequence I speak of in the essay.
There are only a few copies left.
alone together Mar 28, 2003
This is not really a book - just a pamphlet. Perhaps the style is meant to follow the simple life the kellams led. You will not get many facts re. the kellams and in fact it turns out that the house was tipped upside down and presumably put back enough to take these photos.
Having said all this it is still a poignant look into one couple's life on an isolated island. I think i would wait and buy it used.......