About the Ebook
Dancing the Appian Way is a narrative in the traditional sense, but it also is much more. It represents a novel way of both seeing and seeking. This is the first dance photography book to cover such a long route. It builds an alternative, composite perspective on the localities in its path, dignifying them, transforming them, revealing and provoking them. But above all it celebrates them in all their historic, architectural and natural splendor. This is a great adventure story, conceived in the visceral language of dance and revealed in the complementary vision of photography. Through this choreography of immersion, the commonplace of the landscape is rediscovered and transformed, from familiar to exotic, and the unfamiliar is portrayed as compelling and worthy of our paying a visit.
I've been photographing dance in the landscape for over 30 years, beginning while a grad student at the University of Michigan. In 2004, my history of environmental dance photography was published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities. In 2013, I gave a presentation on "Dancing the Appian Way" at the American College Dance Festival in Amherst, MA, and images from this project have been in many gallery shows. Recently, my attention has been focused on abstract micrographs and micro-photography, as we develop Agonist Gallery in Broad Brook, CT.