Capricious Bookshop Pick of the Week: There’s No Other Place…by Thomas Giddings
Capricious Bookshop’s pick of the week is There’s No Other Place Like This Place Anywhere Near This Place So This Must Be The Place by Thomas Giddings. The title alone packs a pretty big punch for such a pocket-sized book! But if you’re at all the road warrior type, then this is the book for you!
Having been bitten by the traveling bug early, Thomas first picked up a camera at the age of six, photographing a trip to Los Angeles. After graduating from the London College of Fashion in 2007, he went on another road trip to Los Angeles, this time documenting every step of the way. He said of his journey, “In a vague mid-quarter life crisis what started as a 7 day trip to New York became a 2 month, 4,000 mile long road trip across North America in a 30 foot long RV – and I don’t even have a driving license. With four friends I began my journey in New York, passing through 16 states including Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico travelling along some parts of the old route 66 and finally ending my journey in Los Angeles. I was fascinated equally as fascinated by the places we saw along our journey – often travelling hours through abandoned villages without seeing another vehicle – as the people we encountered. Both were a bigger cliché of them themselves than I could ever have expected or hoped for.”
There’s No Other Place…, published by Pau Wau Publications, consists of twenty three original photographs taken along the trip. Giddings begins the book with a wonderfully written foreword, citing the iconic works of those such as Chaucer, Jack Kerouac, William Eggleston, and Robert Frank as inspiration for his series. So if you’re in the mood to hit the highway, make sure to bring this book along for the ride! You can get your own copy (for just $20!) right here at Capricious Bookshop located at 80 South 6th St., between Bedford and Berry, and open Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm!
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