Monthly Archives: September 2016

A Musing from the Rocking Dock – Published

a musing from the rocking dock is now available for purchase through publisher The Unknown Books.
A pre-sale with free worldwide shipping is being offered through Wednesday, September 28.

Visit The Unknown Books for more information & details

Michael Ast, the unknown books, a musing from the rocking dock, photobook, published

Float Photo Magazine – “Failure” Exhibition

Happy to have a photo etching from my “Kinsey” series featured in the mix of Float Magazine’s latest exhibition “Failure”.

View Exhibition: FLOAT MAGAZINE

Walk, 9.11.16

September morning walk. Not enough sleep. I could blame Little Edie and her melancholic dance, but I won’t. A pained fade to black. A wrong choice before bed. We should have slept with the windows open.

These winds. Behind them Autumn drags her loose gown over the dry ground. I’m beginning to feel her critique. Last night in the twilight, I photographed bats from our plastic Adirondack chairs. A futile attempt. As usual, though, failure’s often my preference of success.

A man in bed clothes grabs his newspaper at the end of the drive, never stepping off his golf cart. I lose myself in the minutiae. I pass Shantz farm falling down. I find many golf balls beside the creek. It’d be my luck to get struck by one. I pick a few up for the kids.

Back on Spinnerstown Road I find myself saying prayers for the wooly bear caterpillars crossing the road. Indian Summer moths. I toss one into the soybean edge. More fleeting thoughts. I pull my Homburg hat down tighter, shielding the sun under wool brim. Sunday takes shape.

Bats, prose, Indian Summer, dusk, walking

“Double Life” Exhibition & Book, Oranbeg Press (September, 2016)

Oranbeg Press, exhibition, Double Life, Michael Ast, John O'Toole, photography, day to day grind

“Double Life” © Oranbeg Press, September, 2016

Excited to be featured in this great mix of photographers for Oranbeg Press’ latest exhibit “Double Life”, to be released as a book at the NY Art Book Fair (9/16 – 9/18/16). John O’Toole prompted submission responses from artists with the thesis, “When you hit the snooze button and think just 5 more minutes. The day after day grind that a lot of us walk along. Split between the livelihood and the passion.” As always, John has an uncanny eye for curating his exhibits and publications. Double Life is now live on his Oranbeg Press website . . . The book is being printed in an edition of 100, and will be for sale at Oranbeg’s table at NYABF.


Oranbeg Press, Double Life, photobook, photography exhibition, Michael Ast

Double Life, © Oranbeg Press, September, 2016