Beat me up,
Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Hard Ground (Hardcover)
Photography book etched in black and white films, depicting the charactered faces of deeply lined outlooks. Each details the flipside to that quest for a particular elusive dream = to survive.
Scarred furrows creased within lines of poverty stress, filled with too many beatings, racket feelings and good times battle the local elements, all broadcast in a long gone stare. Everyone is human, more than human than otherwise, illuminating a shrouded world, light years away from the gloss and froth broadcast in the sanitised adobe lifestyle magazines.
Interspersed are the equivalent of haiku poems placed at specific junctures to illuminate a nihilistic nothingness stirring around the misplaced lives of those frozen out of the big pow wow. It also brings to the fore a sense of the surreal lives experiences. Because within the songs are hard won moments. Those left out of the bigger picture traverse the kitsch and cultural froth of the world composed by admen. The deliver a resounding "no" to the life battery, the vestiges of the pomp.
One problem - the pictures appear studio cuts, with everyone placed against a blank wall. It would have been good to see the wider environments. I am sure not everyone lives in a Friends/Sex in the City/Manhattan apartment.
Adds something to the American Way of Life as it exposes the lies, deceit, propaganda and disdain carried within the everyday bland lifestyle. Something they take great pains to hide away from as the God of mass consumption drools its tongue and snarls.