Sunday, October 11, 2015


American photographer Michael Ast was kind enough to send me his new self published photobook, TRYING TO FIND THE OCEAN. The photographs were made between 2010 and 2013 mostly in Baltimore a city whose reputation proceeds it, famous for delivering the world John Waters and Frank Zappa. Michael Ast has taken a leaf out of the Waters Zappa songbook with a series of edgy, tough and at the same time beautiful black and white photographs. The work is as much a lamentation as it is an offering of signs of hope in a society that for those of us in more moderate locations seems terminally fucked. Ast makes pictures from the heart and head, the images resonate and pose more questions than there are answers.

TRYING TO FIND THE OCEAN produced in edition of 300, signed and numbered, 94 pages, 8.75 x 11", offset printed with 54 monochrome plates.

You can see more of Michael Ast's work and get yourself a copy of TRYING TO FIND THE OCEAN, HERE.

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