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One Star and a Dark Voyage

Barbara Bosworth
A story of loss and longing and a journey home.
Standard Edition - First 100 Preorder
  • 4x5 silver gelatin contact print by artist
  • special foil stamp treatment on back cover
Standard Edition
  • 9 inches x 11 inches
  • 110 pages, 52 tritone images
  • foil stamped clothbound hardcover with tritone tip-on image
  • ISBN 9781943146161
Special Edition
  • Numbered copy of One Star and a Dark Voyage, housed in a clothbound case with tritone tip-on image and foil stamp
  • 8 in x 10 in silver gelatin contact print by artist
  • Edition of 20, with 5APs

In her first monograph with TIS books, the much-heralded photographer Barbara Bosworth has interwoven the visceral and ethereal to visually build a sense of the delicate and fragile nature of life, at a place where the edges of heaven and earth blur.

These pictures, made with Bosworth’s customary 8x10 camera, speak to our connections with nature: bear paws hauntingly human, roses cut to bring beauty indoors, names carved into a tree trunk declaring one’s love forever.

In One Star and a Dark Voyage, we are brought into intimate communion with such things as a wound on a sun-freckled shin, a worm as stigmata in a child’s hand, a bird lying in a cupped hand, a body hovering in the darkness, the spot where an elk slept – all evoking the ephemeral nature of life.

“This work began as a way for me to think about life and death and about our ties with nature and our utter dependence on earth, and later, after the death of a loved one, blurred into images about the exquisite fragility of life, about loss and longing,” as Bosworth explains. “I began looking for light in the darkness. Fireflies as I try to hold onto the light. The simple beauty of light falling on leaves. A rainbow, the sunset, the Milky Way.” 

The result: a book as journey, where weight becomes light. The beautiful and the terrible, all interconnected, all the same. Always seeking home.