“My practice for over twenty-five years has been to acknowledge and elevate existing culture using the intersection of subtle human gesture and a built social environment. Say, a casual side glance, a slight shifting of weight on one leg, the fold and tone of a particular arm, or the slight body twist and raising of face just over the shoulder to engage a viewer, within a sub or urban setting. I think that artists create moments with perspective and gesture to define a new entity. I believe that these entities can speak to our humanity and experience as human beings and communicate a link and alignment within ourselves to others.”
The Carl Martin photographs, taken in Athens, Georgia, over a span of twenty-five years, is a meditation on the nature of what it is for a human being to see and be seen – how do we present ourselves to the world and how is that presentation received – what does it mean?
Ultimately this is not a document that is specific to a place or time it is more akin to a universal canvasing and inventory of the human condition in the ordinary. Yet this plain, clear taking-in with a camera and film places us in closer touch with the quirky, transcendent living presence of his Athens, Georgia neighbors and friends than you might have ever have imagined possible. We feel we are looking through Carl’s eyes. And we are amazed.
Supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship these photographs found Carl and fortunately they have now found us all. A beautiful, truthful portrait in almost 60 pictures of our time and place and people. Fall Line Press is grateful to have a hand in moving this book into the world and we are grateful to our friends on Kickstarter for helping us make it happen
Released September 2018
80 pages, 37 color plates and 21 black and white duotone images.
Essays by Michael David Murphy and Tim Davis
9.5" x 11.675"
First edition of 500: $65
Special edition of 20 : $350