TALKING STONES Subtitle: A Photographic Sojourn
Wade Davis, author, anthropologist, photographer
Kevin Miller, photography curator
Designed by: Kehrer Design, Heidelberg, Germany
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Trim size: 280mm x 310mm
Page count: 142 pages
Photographs: 120 black and white
A shaman stone sends its song across the Gobi desert. Tibetan prayer flags flutter in the wind sending prayers to the blue sky from a celebratory rock at Namtso Lake. Pictograms found in cliffs in the American Southwest, Africa, Australia and Asia bear witness to the close relationship of man to the spirit world. Natural rocks stand majestically at their empowered sites.
The 120 black-and-white images pictured in this book were taken with a 4×5 view camera, mostly on Polaroid 55 PN film. For 30 years, the photographer wandered through deserts, canyons and jungles gathering the mythology of “stones.” Across four continents, the photographer travels with her strong cultural sensitivities: her birth heritage from the East; and her philosophies from the West where she had studied medicine, and lived from the age of nine.
In trust, we place a certain permanence in stones. But their fragility is at risk of destruction by the erosive forces of Nature and the destructive forces of war. This book offers a stunning global view of a very unique presentation of natural and ancient stones.
Listen to the polyphonic voice of “talking stones”.
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