Skip by David Newsom
Paper over board, ISBN 0-9774869-1-5. 40pp, 61/4 x 91/4.
David Newsom’s SKIP is a moving and highly personal view of the landscape his older brother Lloyd (Skip) Curtis Newsom, Jr. inhabits. The images in this book, tender as they are austere, not only bear witness to the photographer’s appreciation for the natural beauty of a particular corner in South-Eastern Idaho, but also represent his sincere attempt to see that place as his beloved brother does. An attempt to learn, as Skip has, to understand and embrace this harsh new landscape as home. Dying weeds going into autumn, menacing skies, mountains so distant as to appear unreachable, isolated view of phone pole, road sign, new coat, old blue truck, and the snowy path to their sister’s yellow house… These images remind us, as Ralph Waldo Emerson did, that “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts”.