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DULL ACHE
JASMINE GALLAGHER & FIONA LASCELLES


$40.00  
         




Published 2020.
Softcover with dust jacket.

Dull Ache is a small photobook offering a place for readers to meander and seek solace. It was created by photographer Fiona Lascelles, in collaboration with poet Jasmine Gallagher. First published in early 2020, it is now in its second edition, and these are the last few hand numbered copies that will be available. It has been shown at both the Wellington Photobook Fair and Melbourne Artbook Fair in March 2020.

The following quote by Sally Mann guided the developement of the interconnected words and images: “As for me, I see both beauty and the dark side of the things … and I see them at the same time … The Japanese have a phrase for this dual perception: mono no aware. It means “beauty tinged with sadness,” for there cannot be any real beauty without the indolic whiff of decay.” Sally Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

The images are quiet, and while made in a period of grief, they are not an expression of sadness but a moment for pause. And the poetic fragments are brought together to form one long poem, which meanders through the pages, forming a conversation with the photographs. This form of ecoGothic poetry responds to the hope found in nature, as a source of solace: where death is revealed not as an ending, but as a crucial part of the endless cycle of regeneration.

The dust jacket unfolds to a secret image, a secret garden, a place of contemplation. A postcard with this image is also included should the reader be willing to share their own thoughts, extending the conversation.

Then you eventually learn to
swim in it and find it can carry
you to a place where there is
salty déjà vu and the uncanny.
There are angry bees for a
time, yet this will pass and the
weaving and spinning will be
resumed. You have familiarised
yourself with the bedroom
walls, ruin porn and post-critical
theory. Grown to love the decay


        BLUE FLOWER TEXTS, ŌTAUTAHI, 2021