COMPOUND FRACTURES by Ben Alper & Joy Drury Cox

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COMPOUND FRACTURES by Ben Alper & Joy Drury Cox

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Compound Fractures is a collaborative project by Ben Alper and Joy Drury Cox. The photographs were made in various ‘show caves’ around the Southeastern United States.  Also referred to as ‘tourist caves’, these spaces exists at the intersection of commerce and ecology.    

To photograph in a cave is to conflate two diametric conceptions of time - the fractional and the geologic.  The vastness and expression of time below the earth’s surface is both measurable and incomprehensible. Each formation and passageway is a quantifiable marker of change.  The accumulation or dissipation of these forms occurs over millions of years of perpetual transformation. The cave appears inert, but to photograph one is to arrest a fluid process.  

Caves are also places that inspire veneration, awe and terror.  The beautiful often uneasily collides with the repulsive. They can also evoke a profound sense spatial disorientation and sensory confusion.  The resulting effect is quite bodily. The enormity of scale and imperceptibility of depth, coupled with a pervasive sense of the unknown, cultivates an experience that is both transcendent and boundless.  In this way, the cave is one of the purest expressions of the sublime.

The cave is an impressive geological site and a metaphor for the mind.  It is a place where things evolve and shift over time, where the conscious meets the unknown.  Ultimately, these photographs are an attempt to find a formal language that represents both the physicality of these subterranean landscapes and the interiority of human cognition.  

2018
74 pages, 62 color images
Softcover, perfect bound
11 x 8.5 in. (27.94 x 21.59 cm.)
Edition of 100
ISBN: 978-1-64440-829-2

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