Capricious Bookshop’s Pick of the Week: Crooked Meadow by Airyka Rockefeller
Capricious bookshop’s pick of the week is Airyka Rockefeller’s self-published book, Crooked Meadow. This book, which showcases photography in an almost documentary approach, highlights found objects, places, and people alike. The collection of photographs were taken during her stay in the Czech Republic in 2006. It is the perfect little book of curiosities to be toting around during the summer months, especially if you’re itching to take a trip off the beaten path!
Airyka, born in Seattle in 1979, has attended schools in New York, India, and San Francisco. Since she is no stranger to travel, her collection of photographs for Crooked Meadow makes perfect sense. Taking anything but the traditional tourist snapshot, Rockefeller’s photographs seem to capture the very essence of the medieval town she stayed in. She has been quoted as saying that it was ” a place which became increasingly mysterious as I grew more familiar with its terrain, particularly overlooked sites regarded by locals as least notable to outsiders.”
Throughout the 32 color photographs of Crooked Meadow, a certain sense of cultural pride and spirit seem to envelope you. This assortment of oddities, from hazy portraits to unusual landscapes and still lifes are quiet and proud documents of the country’s past. It is clear from the pages of this book that Airyka was chasing after the unusual, and found comfort in the nooks and crevices that were otherwise overlooked.
Check out some of the images below, and pick up your own copy (for only $30!) to curb your thirst to hit the road. Capricious Bookshop (at 80 South 6th St., between Bedford and Berry) is open Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm.
Posted by: Jessica Olm