After finishing Lovecraft Country on a Sunday morning I could not find any other book I’d like to start reading immediately. It usually happens to me when I finish a book I liked, my brain needs some downtime to prepare for the next thing. After trying to start few different books I picked one from my mum’s collection of photography books.
It has an interesting premise, Rebecca Norris Webb and Alex Webb decided to create a kind of photo dialogue. Their photography styles differ quite a lot, hers quite lyrical, moody and focused on space and nature more than on people, his a lot more driven by people, a bit sharper, leaning towards reportage. In the book they pair their pictures from various stages of their careers, trying to see if together they have more to say than separately, whether two points of view will provide a richer experience and supplement each other or will they fight for attention. There is no set rules as to how the photos are paired, some based on composition, others on location or main color, the point is the pairs usually work well together. It was interesting how looking at a photo in isolation we think of it differently then when we look at a pair, different questions come to mind, different feelings surface. There were only a few pair that didn’t really work for me. It was an interesting read/look and it worked in terms of airing my brain and giving it breathing space to start another book.
If you’d like to get a bit more visual (as we all know a picture is worth a thousand words) you can check their photos out here.