A derelict antiques and scrap metal business in Owls Head, Maine, is the setting of this multi-layered word-portrait of its owner, William Buck-minster, proprietor of an extraordinary collection of discarded and decaying items, no-longer-functioning remnants of previous lives. Buckminster's world, which includes both his vaunted talents in the local pool halls and his sure knowledge of the seemingly endless number of fascinating objects from his vast supply, are inspiration for Purcell's carefully crafted meditation on collecting and entropy, and the signals both send to those of us willing to pay attention. 34 duotone footnote photographs.
About the Author:
: Rosamond Purcell is a photographer best known for her hauntingly beautiful work in the back rooms of natural history museums. She is the author of Special Cases: Natural Anomalies and Historical Monsters, collaborative works with Stephen Jay Gould, and, most recently, Dice: Deception, Fate, and Rotten Luck (Quantuck Lane 2002) with Ricky Jay, who refers to her as the "doyenne of decaying objects."
|Publisher:||Quantuck Lane Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.34(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.86(d)|