Review #27: ‘Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa’ by Joshua Edwards

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  • COLDFRONT RATING: four-half
  • PUBLISHED BY: Akademie Schloss Solitude, 2014
  • REVIEW BY: Timothy Liu

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Imagine taking forty days off at the end of the year and setting out on foot from the town where you were born (where the hospital no longer stands) all the way to the town where you might be buried (where the house that you and your wife will occupy has yet to be built), and you will understand something of the scope and magnitude of this peripatetic project that traverses almost 700 miles, a photograph taken every hour while on the road to document a walking tour reminiscent of the ones the Romantic Poets once took through the Lake District (a part of the world that would later inspire W. G. Sebald’s contemporary masterpiece, The Rings of Saturn), only in this installment, think Highways & Byways through towns like Needville, Dripping Springs, and Stonewall as Edwards presents 230 photographs without commentary (other than a page-long Introduction which alerts us to a forthcoming companion volume of verse and prose, Architecture for Travelers, which will become available around the time their house is finally built), allowing us to contemplate the chance flora, fauna, and trauma under big Texan skies in mundane awe.

Disclosures: Printed in an edition of 1000 copies, this book is a found treasure.

Favorites: Like you would on a double-decker sightseeing bus, feel free to climb on or off anywhere along the way . . .

See Edwards’ project at Architecture for Travelers.