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Posted November 29, 2008
'Pure decay is the living force inherent in every thing.'
The thought of creating a photographic monologue on the theme of 'decay' may seem jarring to some, but in the graceful hands of photographers Nathan Troi Anderson and J.K. Putnam the natural wasting of things becomes almost symphonic in the vast survey of matter growing old in this magnificent book. Perhaps the best summary of this project is in the concluding statement by author Majeed after perusing this collection of images: 'Decay is just another senseless borderline between the whisper of ghosts of past days and the roar of painfully recovered memories. It is the heavy boots of time and the luster of countless tiny eyes of rats.' <BR/><BR/>In images of both black and white and color photography, Anderson and Putnam pause before corroded abandoned cars, piles of rusted chains, deserted buildings, cemeteries, great stretches of wasted soil and sand, places once created and inhabited by man but now forgotten like old shoes left behind the scurrying path towards the new, and bones and soon to become fossils of wildlife, spent flower pods, and the beauty of age as it changes the stature and surface of trees and walls and rust stained monuments of a better time. <BR/><BR/>Reading and spending time with the magnificent photographs of the measures of DECAY elicits sadness, memories, pity, and eventually a respect for the passage of time and the footprints left for us to remember. This is a humbling book, one that places life in a different perspective. Highly recommended. Grady Harp
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