Trying to Find the Ocean by Michael Ast


Trying to Find the Ocean
 
by Michael Ast


94 pages
8.75 x 11 in
Afterword essay by Mark Alice Durant
54 b&w plates, 4 color offset printed
Edition of 300
Self-published, 2014


signed & numbered


$35



Publisher's Description: 


The book depicts a rampage-like journey through the city of Baltimore. Ast incorporates both an intense outward gaze on the urban environment and its inhabitants, and an inward gaze, employing images to function esoterically as emotive and cognitive intimations. The sequencing reads at once like a cyclically entrapped day-in the-life narrative, but also as a long visual poem. Durant states, “For Michael Ast, Baltimore is a specific place and a site for exploring the way in which photographs map the territory between the real and the imagined.” The Ocean that the photographic adventure seeks is figurative, emblematic of hope, escape and redemption. Between the book’s cover runs an almost feral energy to find such desire. Rather than resulting in wishful thinking, a sense of reverent longing pervades as Ast explores the city’s terrain and social landscape. “Ast invents the world as he goes along, finding small moments and minor revelations,” Durant concludes in his essay, “that add up to an episodic collection of subtle dualities.”



Trying to Find the Ocean by Michael Ast

Trying to Find the Ocean by Michael Ast
Trying to Find the Ocean by Michel Ast
 
Trying to Find the Ocean by Michael Ast