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Blank, redacted, broken, rusted, misspelled - dysfunctional signs prominently declare nothing, proclaim nonsense, or subvert the sign-maker's purpose.

In this collection, Kirk Carter explores the subtext of signage through photos of incomplete, vandalized, weathered and painted-over signs.

Only by zeroing in on signs without ostensible meanings can we really see their underlying messages, information our subconscious minds have always gathered beneath our notice.

74 color photos with an introduction by the author.

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About the Author

Kirk Carter
kirkcarter Christiansburg, Virginia, US

My photographs imply and portray human character by showing people’s possessions and castoffs, their public representations in the form of signs, their arranged or haphazard spaces, and the stories told by the surface marks they leave behind.

In some sense these are environmental portraits with the person framed out, invisible except by close examination of what’s left. The actions recorded in the things and places people have made, damaged, repaired, preserved or restored tell more than a smile or a pose, and hide less.

I photograph the telling details of human effort. The narrative clues contained in these details not only hint at hopes and frustrations, but also demonstrate in a broader sense the inevitability of leaving more of yourself on view than you had intended.

My work has been shown in galleries across Southwest Virginia and in the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia.

Visit www.KirkCarter.com for more.

Comments (6) Write a comment

redtreeme

redtreeme says

Great book. I love the desolation. great photography.

posted at 11:37pm Sep 14 PST

redtreeme

redtreeme says

Great book. I love the desolation. great photography.

posted at 11:37pm Sep 14 PST

akorotko

akorotko says

nice

posted at 01:25pm Jul 23 PST

michaelalvis

michaelalvis says

Of course I like this book!

posted at 09:54pm Dec 02 PST

cowtoon

cowtoon says

Hi Kirk:

I just published my first book on Blurb, and when I went to see recent publish my eye caught your book. I love it! Nicely done. My book, if interested is "Worn Souls" -

Great Job
Scott D.S. Young

posted at 04:41pm Sep 17 PST

cowtoon

cowtoon says

Hi Kirk:

I just published my first book on Blurb, and when I went to see recent publish my eye caught your book. I love it! Nicely done. My book, if interested is "Worn Souls" -

Great Job
Scott D.S. Young

posted at 04:41pm Sep 17 PST

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