Poetry in Picture

I love to read and I love to review what I've read, so I was delighted to be given the chance to read and review Patrick Stull's new book, Encounters. It's not my usual kind of "picture book" though - this book of intriguing black and white images is aimed at adults, not children, and offers readers/viewers the chance to see the human body through a deeply sympathetic and empathetic observer's eye. So thank you Richard Stull, and thank you Dorothy Thompsom at Pump Up Your Book for giving me this opportunity.


ENCOUNTERS by Patrick Stull


Review

Encounters is a large and beautiful book of captivating images, supplemented by words – a sort of picture book for adults perhaps. The images are presented in an intriguing order, blending art, photography, and image manipulation to create a poetry of form, rather than of words. And while it’s not necessarily true that every picture tells a story, the women (and men) behind this images are pleasingly introduced with words and stories of their own, gorgeously complemented by the author’s photography.

Clay renders the human form as sculpture, with muted colors of stone and earth revealing the artist’s hand – or perhaps the artist’s interpretation of character. From the colorful clothing of a Zulu woman; bright, almost abstract shapes based on the human outline; the magic of body art and tattoos; and maybe even that “figurative barrier between [self] and the world” described by one of the subjects; the pictures all draw the reader in, offering depth and intelligence behind beauty and shade.

Topics range from aging to dance, pregnancy to music, and male to female too, in a collection that’s endlessly fascinating; a slow “read” as a poetry book might be, where every picture tells a self and song.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this gorgeous coffee table book and I offer my honest review. (Yes, an early typo in a quote distracted me, but I’m sure it will quickly be fixed, and I really enjoyed the book.)

Title: ENCOUNTERS
Author: Patrick Stull
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 250
Genre: Fine Art Photography Book



With photography at its base, Stull offers a nuanced explication of his encounters to allow the viewer an opportunity to form a relationship with his art. While looking within ourselves, exploring our own feelings, he hopes that he will inspire greater humaneness in response to his art.

ENCOUNTERS is the second in a series of six large-format books in which artist, photographer and author, Patrick Stull explores a wide range of experiences. Using light and the physical body, the written word and his artistry he creates imagery that examines aspects of the lives of women.
Compiled over the last 18 years, the images in ENCOUNTERS, Stull says, are meant to “inspire and challenge the observer while always empowering the subject.”

Stull brings a powerful sense of the surreal and the spiritual to his work as he plots a course along the many paths of the human experience. His imagery runs from the ghostly and ephemeral to the flowing and fiery.

As much as he concentrates on the human form, Stull never forgets to focus on the humanity of his subjects. His choice of the coffee-table style book format draws the viewer into an experience both intimate and universal.

Stull’s first book in his series, titled EVOLVE, was published in 2006. A third book, titled HIDDEN DIMENSIONS, is completed and awaiting publication. Future titles in the series include DHARMA, BEING DIFFERENT, and YOGA, A HEALING MOMENT.

Stull hopes that his readers come away from the book with “a love for art and a respect for the female who gives us life and challenges us to be better human beings.

https://patrickstull.com/books-2/encounters

 

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Encounters is a collection of imagery created and compiled over the last 15 years to inspire and challenge the observer while always empowering the subject. The imagery is coupled with text, odes and perspectives about the human experience and existence itself. The imagery is mostly an explication, an intimate view of the lives of women and our relationship to them – on an individual and cultural level. However, there are images of men included in this work. A portion of the portfolio presents something more than a photographic image. Here the imagery is developed into contemplative art pieces of the surreal genre, where the viewer is transported into the depths of their own psyche challenging them to see something new.



















 









American artist Patrick Stull has spent the last eighteen years mostly creating imagery about the lives of women. He searches for what lies beneath the surface of his subjects, empowering each one he encounters. He has recently ventured into the realm of surrealism, creating powerful imagery that reflects on our humanity while dealing with the meaning and power of art.

Stull say's, "My work has allowed me to venture past the camera into the realm of a humanist, an artistic life, delving into the intellectual, a more cerebral life experience, creating what I call 'connectivism.'"  

His ongoing work is based in large-scale digital photography accompanied by sculpture/body casts, composition art, painting, poetry/prose and drawings.  His art is then integrated, collectively, into exhibitions to provide the viewer a once in a lifetime experience. The presentation of the work is delivered to the viewer in a unique and emotionally powerful way. 

Stull, 71, a self-taught artist, works in many artistic disciplines. Educated at San Diego State University with degrees in psychology, economics and philosophy during the 1960’s, amidst the backdrop of the counter-culture revolution and the Viet Nam War, where his social consciousness and political views were shaped. Stull emerged from a Catholic Irish/German family, one of five children where work, discipline and religion took precedence over emotional expressions of the self – a different kind of loving environment. Being a husband of thirty-plus years and father to two has taught him the power of kindness, love and commitment. 

His latest book is the fine art photography book, Encounters.
 
Visit his website at www.patrickstull.com.
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