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a desolate magic

Harmony House Resort - Photographs by Matthew Christopher Murray of Abandoned America
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"A photo records for [Barthes] not space or bodily reality or a strong resemblance to what it captures, but the irrefutable fact of time itself: ‘reality in a past state: at once the past and the real’. Photography, he says, doesn’t have to show us what no longer exists, it must ‘only and for certain’ trace what has been. It is explicitly a form of magic for him, not an art. A trivial magic when the photos don’t matter to us (or are offered to us as art), and a desolate magic when we finally see, in a photo, the undeniably real absence of the person we felt was so close to us."

Michael Wood
'a desolate magic', Harmony House Resort (a pseudonym). Photograph by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America. If you'd like to learn more about this location, it is a featured chapter in the new Abandoned America book Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences. Signed copies are available through my website, or you can find (unsigned) copies available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe.

Also in: Harmony House Resort*

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