Quarantine BookClub

May 2020 - December 2021
Quarantine BookClub
 is a collaboration between fellow art photographer Lisa Fox and me. We photographically responded to 21 books we read simultaneously during the pandemic. Our image-based reactions combined with each story's perceived message and our reflections of how the quarantine affected us personally. The similatrities of our projects and conversations about the books have helped to understand our feelings during these times and to motivate our personal art endeavors.

To see the complete body of work, check out our website ellipsis-photo.com.

 

May 1 - 31, 2022

Selections from this project will be on view May 1 - 31, 2022 as part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto, ON.

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Book #21 
Inheritors by Asako Serizawa
History is living in us.
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Book #20
War of the Foxes by Richard Siken
The barometer readings detect an oppressive few years of groping, fidgeting, and clawing.
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Book #19
A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
It's possible that Isolation is the world between.
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Book #18 
The Seas by Samantha Hunt
She is really and truly only fit for flight. 
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Book #17
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Some tried to follow the guidelines, but got lost while the guidelines were also getting lost downstream.
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Book #16 
The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
Distance is relative to time and knowledge. 
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Book #15
Black Hole Survival Guide by Janna Levin
Enter with curiosity. Read, measure, calculate. The news is never new.
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Book #14 
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Receding from the Society has been an easy endeavor.
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Book #13
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Engage all senses in your repetitive life.
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Book #12 
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
There is an innocence to understanding that is worth a pause.
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Book #11 
Notable American Women by Ben Marcus
This author created a world in which everybody is against him. He is alone and angry. Obsessed with speech and how it is used.
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Book #10 
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
No matter the amount of space between us.
No matter the layers of coverings that muffle our conversations. 
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Book #9 
Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
Branches are equidistant and the snow has fallen in symmetrical piles. All of it is still. 
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Book #8
 - This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
I live in a house on an island. The air is clean, the land rich, and the spring water never freezes. Read more...

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Book #7
 - One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Earth, Water, Fire, Air. Some characters can navigate the earth, some cannot. The dirt is food for the living and beds for the dead. 
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Book #6
 - Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Obligatory rules of quarantine dominate an uneven global pandemic. I'm navigating with discarded maps from one hundred years ago and time appears to be circular.
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Book #5
 - Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
Timelessness as a repetitive cycle was first brought to my attention as a very young person sitting in front of a movie screen taking in the thoughts and ideas of the blockbuster movie Back to the Future.
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Book #4
 - Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
At the time I read this book, social situations amidst the pandemic had become confusing.
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Book #3
Metropolitan Stories by Christine Coulson
All the stories make up one story; a novel. The connections mixed with art history and glimpses inside the ongoings of an art museum all intertwine into a magical, almost untouchable, storyline.
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Book #2
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
An aristocratic man sentenced to house arrest in a formerly glamorous hotel for many years definitely tells a good story. 
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Book #1
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Writers and photographers have a similar language. By constantly explaining the mood of a place to the viewer, both are connected through word usage, metaphore, and meaning.
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