ALMOST THERE by Aleix Plademunt
スペイン人フォトグラファー 、アレイクス・プラドモント（Aleix Plademunt）の作品集。101年前のポストカードが作者に届いたことから本作の制作が始まり、「距離」と「移動」という両極端にある概念をテーマに、作者自身の細胞写真から惑星写真までと、生きている中で決して近づけないもの・離れられないものへの考察や探求がイメージ化され、構成されている。National Media MuseumとMACKによって共同運営され、過去に写真集出版経験の無い作家の出版支援を目的とする「First Book Award」の2013年ファイナリスト作品集。作者自身が主宰するインディペンデント出版社「Ca l'Isidret Edicions」とMACKの共同出版で発行。
"Understanding the world requires you to keep a certain distance from it. Things that are too small to see with the naked eye, such as molecules and atoms, we magnify. Things that are too large, such as cloud formations, river deltas, constellations, we reduce. We need to bring it within the scope of our senses, to stabilise and fix it. When it has been fixed we call it knowledge." - Karl Ove Knausgård, A Death in the Family
Aleix Plademunt’s photographic project Almost There was spurred on by the arrival of a postcard, 101 years late. Plademunt's images play with scale as he explores time and distance, pulling both notions in the most extreme directions. The journeys begin within as Plademunt looks to his own being and the buildings blocks of his physical existence, from images of his red blood cells to his father in his youth. The narrative then reaches outwards, exploring the classic American documentary tradition of the road trip and the Solar System and beyond to the M79 globular cluster, located 42,000 light years from Earth. Plademunt’s work has always been rooted in the landscape, and in Almost There he builds on this with an interrogation of the possibilities of the photographic, pushing the boundaries of each photographic tradition he encounters. Almost There is a book work which presents a challenging constellation of images; vast Canadian terrains precede archeological images of Neanderthal remains, which settle between found objects. Landscapes and skyscapes partner animals and interiors, all culminating in an overriding sense of distance and displacement. Almost There is a constant return journey, an exploration of what is closest and what is furthest away. Ultimately Plademunt communicates his frustration, of never being close enough and never being far enough away, just managing to be almost there.