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Publisher Note

Message from the Exterior explores the ruins and remains of failed attempts to live in the desert’s harsh environments, depicting abandoned houses – small, often eccentric huts, both humorous and a little forlorn. Ruwedel examines the desert regions east of Los Angeles as a palimpsest of cultural and natural histories, presenting an inventory of a particular, and poignant, form of vernacular architecture; each structure might be read as a clue to the lives of anonymous individuals, and the impulse to create a home in the wilderness, however transitory. The first section, 'Desert Houses', comprises 68 desert structures, while the second section, ‘Dusk’, presents houses photographed after the sun had disappeared over the horizon, now rendered in subdued, dusky tones that suggest both present and absence, and the weight of isolation.


Message from the Exterior

by Mark Ruwedel

Release Place London, United Kingdom
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2016
Artist: Mark Ruwedel
ISBN-13: 9781910164464
Subform Photobook
Topics Abandoned Homes, Abandoned Houses, California, Desserts, Homes, Los Angeles, North America, Usa
Methods Photography
Language English
Format Embossed hardback with tipped-in image
Dimensions 24.0 × 29.0 cm
Weight 1,000 gram
Pages 128