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True Places.

Photographs by Jack Carnell.
Fall Line Press, Atlanta, USA, 2017. In English. 64 pp., 51 color illustrations, 10x9".

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Jack Carnell’s book is a welcomed pause in our fast-paced lived experience of the modern world. True Places encourages us as a reader to slow down and appreciate the richness of our surroundings, especially in the seemingly mundane. 

The work showcases Jack Carnell’s unique eye for the textures, intricacies and quirks that make up small town and suburban living in the United States. As well as 51 colour plates, True Places includes 3 essays, by Spence Kass, Nataniel Popkin and Wendy Brenner. Not only do these provide a richer understanding of Carnell’s work, but they offer an insight on photography as a medium; a quieter, more reflective way of viewing the world. As Brenner writes: 

“Jack Carnell’s images in True Places are so intimate, so intensely expressive and emotional, that a viewer might fail to notice the absence of people. Here, instead, are the tools we use to orient ourselves and our days, the signs, arrows, scales, directions, filing cabinets and drawers, the wires connecting everything to everything. How fanatically we interact with our small territories. How busy we are, running our tiny worlds, before we disappear altogether.” (2017) 

The book was edited and sequenced by Carnell’s partner, Carol Konopinski, and her eye as a textile designer is evident is the rich array of textures and colours present throughout the book. Carnell’s thoughtful and meditative way of working and living is also a key theme throughout the sequence of images, and as Spence Kass observes: 

“In our media bombarded world, where images whirl by us at light speed, these enigmatic photos ask us to be still, to contemplate, to enjoy the quiet.” (2017) 

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