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Publisher Note

Borrowing its title from the Wallace Stevens poem in which “little existed for him but the few things / for which a fresh name always occurred,” Tim Carpenter’s Local Objects is a solid yet remarkably unassuming body of work: a calm, steady rhythm of 74 medium format photographs made in the semi-rural American Midwest. While each picture meticulously frames the seemingly random non-activity of a typical ‘street view’ image, Carpenter’s contemplative sequencing allows a surprising harmony of natural and geometric motifs to modulate quietly throughout the book — an interplay of minor chords that draw the viewer into this specific physical place (mostly central Illinois, where he grew up) and the subjective, literary space of the work. Detached from the urgency of current affairs, stripped of all excess, Carpenter’s photographs reflect a poetic attempt to see “the thing in itself,” to make meaning with the barest tools possible.


Local Objects

by Tim Carpenter

Release Place Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2017
Artist: Tim Carpenter
Printrun 750
ISBN-13: 978-0-9897859-9-0
Topics Landscape Photography, Midwest, Rural Landscape
Methods Photography
Language English
Dimensions 19.0 × 21.7 cm
Pages 144