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“Undertow is the english term that describes the process whereby an underwater current flows strongly away from the coast carrying away everything it touches. Undertow, just like the water current, brings back the memories of a journey that belongs to the road.
Mara’s photographs of ordinary America focus on spotlight shapes, unstudied portraits, strangers and their behaviour lost between the natural colours of the daylight and the artificial lights of the night. The frames are captured and depicted as an act of remembering, snapshots charged with emotions that build different stories.
The diaristic snapshot of this infinite nature and unaware subjects are so real that they become almost surreal. This book aims to explore a very well known reality through a poetic style focused on the actions of people lost in time and place. The road acts as the surface that will lead us somewhere.
The feeling that we are walking through memories is somehow evoked. The undertow doesn’t just allude to water, this phenomenon can also allude to a vice hard to escape from or a feeling that you cannot shake. Fascinated by the modern world, tourism and sub-culture, the artist addresses herself to what is known as the sub-genre of photo-reportage: Street Photography.
(Matilde Scaramellini) @ Twenty14 Gallery

 

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UNDERTOW – M.O.A.A.J. –

Distribution:

Café Lehmitz Photobooks , Hamburg

Flotsam books(フロットサムブックス) , Tokyo

Marsèll Paradise , Milan

Undertow – memories of an american journey –
Mara Palena
Self-published
First Edition
121 Pages
100 Copies
Numbered
Signed
Hardcover

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