Monthly Archives: April 2015

Walking, 4.2.15

This is the time in the northeast to get inside the wooded interior and peregrinate the blithesome creek. Before the ticks. Before katydids, or the excitement of hyacinthus. Naturally, the mind brakes the body and idles itself at bends and tiny falls along its length. The watershed penetrates the bone, snow-thawed. The water echoes giddily, euphoric like a kid high on jelly beans. A fine slot to boot.


How is it more than one Spam can has made its way down to this tucked away bank? Dawn detergent. Ivory soap. Motor oil pails, years rusted and faded to photogenic patina. When? Why? This is nowhere, of any kind, for a rest stop. It’s a fair distance from the road, backwoods, a spot far between possible parking of a car. Who takes the time to heave this dump? Walks this far, with such weight, to this spot? I wonder sometimes if I envy the guiltless, not the ignorant, just the real assholes.


I walk on. I sit on stumps that seem intentionally cut for the wayward. I cross the creek back and forth a dozen times. It seems only a few years ago I traversed such stones as a kid, in wading boots, knee deep at times, in dark water, for miles. Or was it mere yards? I miss the blur of distance once had during young innocence . . . memory, instead, in the wake. Time is a pale, rough hewn scar. I dig my nails in to pick it back open, starting a new scab. Fresh blood sealing the seams.

(Walking, 4.2.15)

Nathan Pearce – Midwest Dirt

Big shout out to Nathan Pearce and his “Midwest Dirt”. The book is a fine gem, consisting of images made and sequenced with a sincerity that depicts a rural American town and its inhabitants in southern Illinois. Without exploiting or simplifying the character of place by resorting to the ever-cliche’ lawless or hopelessness of small town life, Nathan’s eye delivers an intimate environmental portrait of his home turf. He’s resolute with his camera in portraying kinship, assuasive pleasures and poetry in rural isolation. Beautifully designed by AkinaBooks, for Pearce’s Same Coin Press imprint, in two sections, stitching two pamphlets together. Alex Bocchetto and Velentina Abenavoli have a great way of showcasing photography with designs that prove just the right touch of novelty to exemplify the work and viewing experience. Wonderful publication

Nathan Pearce, Midwest Dirt, Akina Books, Akina Factory, photobook, Self-publishing

Midwest Dirt, by Nathan Pearce, 2014 (Same Coin Press)