Pacific Peace Piece by Carl Phillips and Aaron Stern
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New York, 205-A Press (2018) Softcover. Condition: New. SIGNED by the photographer. Color photography by Stern, printed on translucent paper with Phillips' poem "The Greatest Colors for the Emptiest Parts of the World" printed in parts throughout the book. 34 pp. Blind embossed cover. Includes additional 4" x 6" print on matte paper, bound into the book. Limited edition of 200 copies (unnumbered).
From the photographer:
"The poet, Carl Phillips and I spent a year corresponding, sending work back and forth until we found a poem and body of photographs that could choir together. Below is a brief description, Pacific Peace Piece.
Summer, 2017 was stark. Strident. I spent most of it driving. I started in El Paso. When I got to the Sonoma Coast, it was mid afternoon, a dark fog abruptly rolled in. It didn’t rain. The clouds enveloped the countryside. The temperature dropped dramatically. All in what seemed like in an instant. Things happen, things change. Most of the time they’re not in our control. Like our relationships with family, friends, lovers. With our political, community, faith leaders and even with ourselves. We can choose how we remember, how we process the time. And we can, in that moment, decide to be resilient or defeated.
Throughout my work, I’ve paired text and image. Pacific Peace Piece continues in a similar vein with new photographs and “The Greatest Colors For The Emptiest Parts of The World,” a poem by Phillips. It appears in fragments throughout the book. The photographs, taken in Northern California in the Summer of 2017, explore a narrative of estrangement, destruction, resilience.
The book’s title makes use of the Bill Evans song, Peace Piece.