Friday, November 13, 2009

Ice houses


Check out these totally sweet pictures of ice houses in Maine and New Hampshire from Guernica Magazine. The artist describes his work:
For several years, I worked on a project photographing ice fishing shacks in the lakes region of Maine and New Hampshire. I’m interested in these “bobhouses” for the way that they illustrate a primal narrative whose elements are simply shelter, food, warmth, and an ongoing battle against the caprices of nature. They are entirely utilitarian in their purpose, using lightweight windproof materials such as foam insulation sheet metal, plastic, or wood, yet put together in surprisingly ingenious ways, appearing as crude minimalist sculpture. I prefer to photograph on milky days in rain, fog, and snow, when the light is filtered and the range of color is extremely narrow. This makes the shacks seem all the more mysterious, as if they have been airlifted onto the scene, opening up the narrative rather than confining it to a documentary study of vernacular architecture.
I know I've seen much more interesting crude minimalist structures out on the ice. I thought I saw one once where the outside was made of some recycled material with beer logos all over it. Though that could have been a dream...

3 comments:

Wilkie said...

that was not a dream my good man, it was on Great Pond. Most excellent post, and most excellent to hear from you my brother...

S. Neil Larsen said...

I can guarantee you that it felt like a dream at the time...

Gary Jones said...

These are awesome. I know we have some similar photos from our own trips.