Publisher: Portland, Oregon: Nazraeli Press, 2008
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 105682
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 500 copies (all copies are numbered below edition #35/500), signed and hand-numbered in pencil on the colophon page by Meeks, with an original gelatin silver print (5 x 3-7/8 inches) tipped-in the rear cover (under the dust jacket). Hardcover. White paper-covered boards with title blind-stamped on cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Raymond Meeks. Text by Forrest Gander. 48 pp., with 34 duotone plates. 16-3/4 x 11-7/8 inches.
New in publisher's shrink-wrap (slit open for signature).
From the publisher: "Following up his richly emotive debut collection, Ray Meeks expands the range of his vision with equally stunning technique, suggesting visual rhymes between the sentient and the inanimate, between stratigraphic lines and telephone wires, between a bulldozer's tread marks and a boy's ribcage. Whereas his earlier book, The Sound of Summer Running, invited us inward, into the expressive interiors of family and place, a Clearing presents us with a world that averts its face, a world we haven't yet learned to read, where meaning still seems to be gathering itself, where verticality is a sign of defiance. Figures in the landscape appear so isolated, they take on mythic force. The sky is resistant as eyes turned back in a head. Meeks's camera records the naked geological and human assertion of presence against the flattening insistence of time, erosion, and poverty. In a Clearing, the world speaks itself in a language of origins: stone and child and woman and man cry out from elemental silence, Look, I am here."