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Where We Find Ourselves (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places) [Hardcover]

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Item description for Where We Find Ourselves (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places) by Justin Kimball & Richard C. Woodward...

Clambering down slippery rocks to a swimming hole. Ducking the plume of smoke from a barbecue grill. Wishing for a breeze in a too-small dome tent. Scanning the sky for rain from a postage-stamp backyard. It is in these small moments of action---and inaction---that Justin Kimball captures our everyday attempts to relax. Indeed, one might argue that the events depicted are everyday life.

Kimball's compelling photographs depict ordinary people---parents and teens, grandparents and kids---in landscapes of leisure. These are not the exclusive resorts and white sand beaches of the affluent; rather, they are the parks, campgrounds, and fishing piers where most Americans vacation. They are natural landscapes---inviting, green, and sometimes beautiful---but at the same time they are imperfect---muddy, crowded, and partially paved. There is nothing idyllic about these vacation spots; indeed, Kimball's photographs make clear that daily life can never be fully left behind. The people in his pictures, though momentarily transformed by cascading water or the shade of towering trees, remain enmeshed in ties of family and obligation, shadowed by thoughts of home.

It is Kimball's particular genius to isolate these moments between duty and pleasure. Where We Find Ourselves enables viewers to identify with---and participate in---this bittersweet aspect of American leisure and the ambiguous contemporary relationship between people and nature.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 10.25" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   2.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   Center for American Places
ISBN  1930066465  
ISBN13  9781930066465  

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More About Justin Kimball & Richard C. Woodward

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Justin Kimball teaches photography at Amherst College. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, and his photographs are in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, and the Mead Museum of Art, among others.

Justin Kimball was born in 1961.

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