David Thomson: Dry Hole
A photographic reverie of lost histories and forgotten North American landscapes
This compelling, 464-page photobook presents an intuitive selection of images extracted from a collection of photographic postcards mostly produced in the early part of the last century and largely from North America. Fragmented images combine to elicit memories from forgotten histories and encourage the reader to conjure stories of past endeavor and adventures.
Begun in the early months of the pandemic, the book expresses the vision of its editor, David Thomson. He writes of his approach: “Juxtapositions took shape. Intuition reigned. The play of natural light struck hard. The chiaroscuro of ‘plein air’ landscape remained a strand beneath. The countenances within the compositions ran a gamut of emotion. A sense of bewilderment was coupled by wonderment; the nature of people and their ways of being.”