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This Land Is Your Land: Across America by Air
     

This Land Is Your Land: Across America by Air

by Marilyn Bridges
 
This Land is your Land: Across America By Air. Photographs by Marilyn Bridges. Introduction by William Least HeatMoon. This Land Is Your Land offers a unique perspective on the American landscape, making the familiar fantastic, as well as an aesthetic experience of dizzying proportions. Marilyn Bridges takes us on an inspiring journey, as we look down together on the

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This Land is your Land: Across America By Air. Photographs by Marilyn Bridges. Introduction by William Least HeatMoon. This Land Is Your Land offers a unique perspective on the American landscape, making the familiar fantastic, as well as an aesthetic experience of dizzying proportions. Marilyn Bridges takes us on an inspiring journey, as we look down together on the fleeting moments and lasting signatures of the United States that are etched on our continent. An aerial photographer who has explored ancient cultures around the world for more than a decade, Bridges has now focused her attention on a subject no less intriguing: the grandeur of America. 80 blackandwhite photographs, 11 X 12 1/2, pages.

"Marilyn Bridges's images show us an America sub specie aeternatis, in the light of eternity, as a passing angel might register it's enormous vanites and emptiness. Hers is an austere and withering perspective that cuts us (in an antique way) down to size... For me these photographs do what every photographer (and traveler) strives forthey show us the world from so fresh an angle that our home looks like another planet, and the things we take for granted seem curious to useven extraterrestrialas if seen through the eyes of a roaming Martian. They make us strange and and haunting to ourselves."

Pico Iyer, Condé Nast Traveler

"Aside for their documentary value, the photographs are beautiful in themselves, taken with an artist's eye for the shapes and patterns formed by the lines and the way they lie on the surface."

Grace Glueck, The New York Times

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Booknews
An oversize volume (11.25x12.75<">)<-->to display in large format Bridges' b&w photos of American landscapes. The photos were taken from an airplane (which she pilots) over a period of about 15 years. A brief essay by William Least Heat-Moon introduces her work. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Kirkus Reviews
William Least Heat-Moon (Prairyerth, 1991, etc.) crisscrossed America by land and conveyed his impressions in words; Bridges travels by air and records her vision in photographs. Writing of her work here, Heat-Moon notes, "For her, the face of the earth is one glyph after another shrouded in shadows to be exposed and interpreted." Indeed, the stark contrast of her black-and-white photos gives free range to shadow play, adding a mysterious, if not slightly sinister, aura to even the most innocuous image, such as a church emerging from the darkness, surrounded by pine trees that seem to glow in the shadows. Other images create delicate ironies about humankind's impact on the land and air: Evoking the grandeur of Egypt, the pyramid-shaped convention center of Memphis, Tenn., rises calmly on the shore of the Mississippi; on the next page, a power plant rises more menacingly, belching a huge cloud of smoke. Weblike human mazes, in the form of a golf course, contrast with the more spidery maze of cattle tracks. This is a probing record of what Bridges calls the calligraphy of the land.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893816049
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
11.47(w) x 12.88(h) x 0.75(d)

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