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Monster Size Monsters Hardcover – August 1, 2006
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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Adam's approach as a photographer was born of the need to set up and break down his equipment very quickly--a necessity for his early assignments that required shooting skateboarders in dodgy or illegal locations. His signature trait as a photographer is his eclectic choice of bizarre subject matter, which celebrates the neglected, the marginal, and the ridiculous--people and places that are simultaneously everyday and otherworldly. There's a charge that one gets in viewing his photos, because no matter how bizarre they are, they still insist upon their place in the world: lint peppers "alien" spacesuits, zippers show on monster outfits, and chariots have ATV off-road tires.
His photography is less concerned with exquisite lighting and compositions as it is with documenting the unadorned strangeness in the neglected corners of our world--albeit with exuberant energy and kaleidoscope colors. This "funhouse snapshot" quality lends a certain freshness, candor and hilarity that might be lost if a more fussy sensibility guided the lens. Adam's approach to his work mirrors those he shoots, whether they are rock bands like GWAR or artists like Barry McGee. While the rest of us are zipping along on the barren interstate, Adam is showing us what lies at the end of those backwater roads.
Readers are also treated to glimpses of Adam's famed Victorian Philadelphia brownstone, an extraordinary series of surreal, taxidermy-laden grottoes he has spent years building. His house is one in which both Salvador Dali and Louis XIV would feel at home--not a small feat. His hois is bristling with oddities and his "biomorphic baroque" chandeliers--with their perverse combination of organic, wriggling tendrils and opalescent, confectionary colors--are simultaneously nostalgic and monstrous. Like the amazing rooms in his celebrated home, they suggest times, places, and creatures that never were. They're quite the conversation piece--if you find constant exclamations to the tune of "holy s***!" to be conversation, that is.
I really enjoy the humor and appreciate the sophisticated use of color combinations in the pictures. A++
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