Artist: Alice Q. Hargrave (born & resides Chicago, IL)
Publisher: Daylight Books (North Carolina, USA) copyright 2016
Interview: Alice Hargrave & Kendra Paitz, Essay by Allison Grant
Hardcover with sewn binding, four-color lithography, index, printed by Ofset Yapimevi (Turkey)
Photobook designer: Ursula Damm
Notes: I have found Alice Hargrave’s photobook Paradise Wavering to be complex, layered, and very conceptual as an investigation of our global environment. Perhaps not unlike an episode from the sci-fi television series The Twilight Zone where something is really off kilter from the on-set.
Dark ominous images are interspersed with mysterious landscape of unusual color casts and hues that create a dark undercurrent. The opening photograph is a tropical coastal landscape with looming storm clouds but the color is really strange and immediately places me on edge. Immediately following is a photograph with a darkening sky in conjunction with red and orange tinged clouds that creates mixed message of hope and gloom. As Hargrave states, this book is “a photographic stream of consciousness….exploring the fugitive nature of experience, time, light and the photographic medium itself.”
I found some of the photographic parings visually delightful while others are rather difficult to comprehend. Regretfully I found an unevenness in the flow (note: which should NOT be construed from my own sequence of the book’s interior images below) of the photographs while the theme is one that resonances with me regarding a concern for our environment. I think the book is challenging and will probably delight many readers by the complexity of the visual narrative.
Best regards, Douglas Stockdale