This book is a bit of a departure from Ron Jude’s last book Alpine Star, which consisted of appropriated photographs from a local newspaper. Here Jude is sharing large format landscapes in a beautifully designed book, brought to you by the good folks at The Ice Plant. The images are quiet, insightful, and reflect Jude’s ability to create compelling work, which has a story, but is not synthetic or heavy handed. Other Nature has it all, great images, thoughtful design, and an affordable price ($30.00). Pick up a copy for yourself, and one for any fan of art, photography, or books. -PIP
In his previous book, Alpine Star, photographer and publisher Ron Jude appropriated and recast a collection of his hometown newspaper photographs as a cryptically humorous meditation on the grey area between personal history and collective memory. Jude’s latest series of photographs, Other Nature, adds a more intimate, diaristic strain to this line of inquiry, combining two separate sets of his own 4 x 5 color pictures (made between 2001 and 2008) to create a subtle and uncanny investigation of the “slippery threshold of narrative” in still images. Drawing on the concerns of the New Topographics photographers, Jude’s accounts of anonymous motel rooms and the stranger regions of the American landscape could, on first glance, be mistaken for an ecological critique. But as the exterior and interior details of these environments (floral patterns, wood grain, sunlight) begin to activate, interrupt and inform each other, the book shifts into a more abstract, subjective register, provoking reflections on photography, the visible world and things hovering just outside our physical perception. -The Ice Plant
Ron Jude was born in Los Angeles in 1965 and spent his early years as a ski racer in the Pacific Northwest. His photographs have been exhibited at the Photographer’s Gallery (London), the High Museum of Art (Atlanta) and Roth/Horowitz Gallery (New York), and have been published in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, Blind Spot, Nest and DoubleTake. Jude is the co-founder of A-Jump Books (www.a-jumpbooks.com) and the author of Alpine Star and Postcards. He currently lives and works in upstate New York.