Interesting idea Giles Cassels has . . . to produce and release 4 photo-zines in a year. As he describes it, “I am thinking about it as a linked series, with each issue following the same design approach, and loose thematic similarities woven between them”. A kind of serial, I suppose.
The first installment, Floatation Tank, was quite USA-centric; a mash-up of images that approximate how America feels rather than what it actually looks like . . . End-Of-Days with, if you have the nerve to see it, an undertone of humor.
The next publication in the series, Nightfall, carries on in the same vein, but the target (and target seems like the correct word) is more universal. Gone is the America-centric feeling, the humor and the wryness of Floatation Tank. What’s left is the darkness. And the darkness of Nightfall seems more universal.
The images and imagery in Nightfall approximate those in Floatation Tank. Disequilibrium abounds, shards of culture and cultural detritus litter the landscape and invade your brain. Dark landscapes and clutter and icons and banality are mashed together like they are in life. You can tell Floatation Tank and Nightfall come from the same mind, but a mind that has had a change of mood.
That’s what makes the first two volumes of this series so interesting. While they both stand very well on their own, it’s the nuance and slight shifts you see from one to the other that really digs down into those parts of the brain that are so seldom defined in this manner.
It will be interesting to see what the next two volumes of this series bring.
Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 64 pages. Signed and numbered in an edition of 50. Comes with an original, signed, 5x7 inch print.
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