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The Great Egret
Santa Cruz, California:: White Bird Press,, 2007.. Edition of 30. 15 duotone photographs, 12 x 15" archival digital pigment prints on Somerset paper imaged by Conor Collins at Electric Works. Plus a pamphlet (7 x 11.5", 20 pages) printed letterpress by Richard Seibert on Hosho paper with Goudy Old Style and Lucida Calligraphy typefaces. Cover paper: Tairei. Book designed and bound by Marie Dern of Jungle Garden Press. Housed in cloth-covered clamshell box by John DeMerritt with title embossed on lid and a photograph (2.875 x 1.5") of an egret tipped on and inset. The inner covers of the box covered with photograph of rookery foliage. Top inner cover layered to provide support for pamphlet. Fifteen dramatic photographs of Great Egrets plus a general essay "Great Egrets" by Richard Lang and the short autobiographical sketch by the photographer. Terry Turrentine's great grandfather was John M. Browning, noted firearms designer. Shooting and hunting were an important part of her early years. Today, she shoots only with a camera. Terry Turrentine: "Egret rookeries are usually out of reach of even the longest telephoto lens and it's an arduous search for the right location. They are very sensitive to the presence of humans and will abandon their nests at the slightest hint of human interference. Sometimes, several seasons will come and go and I'll get no usable shots. On other occasions, I'll find just the right location with hundreds of Great Egrets building nests and attracting mates. I set up my tripod, camera and lens and for the next several hours I completely lose myself in the sensuality of their form. I shoot frame after frame from early morning until the end of the day, knowing that the only bad light is when there isn't enough." Richard Lang: "These photographs come to us as new texts, bringing tidings of creation. They fill the need to connect with the world outside of ourselves, and they ring true to the ancient pathways of the psyche. "Art is the connective tissue between nature and the inner person. These photographs illuminate this point: they are unsentimental but full of wonder. In looking at the images, we many find ourselves re-examining our relationship to the real world. We may relish the way nature slowly reveals itself. In Terry Turrentine's work, we will find a reflection of both the way things are and the way we want them to be.
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