The Return – Adrian Chesser in collaboration with ritualist Timothy White Eagle
 

The Return

Adrian Chesser in collaboration with ritualist Timothy White Eagle

Daylight

$49.95 / 144pp

April 2014

ISBN 978-09-88983-19-9

The number of photo books that document a trip across, through or around America is seemingly endless, however, I would say that none are quite so unique as Adrian Chesser’s. The book tells the story of a loosely banded tribe as they travel with the seasons across the Western states of America. They live as hunter-gatherer’s, moving with the seasons, much like the early lives of the Native Americans. What is striking, though, is that most (if not all) the people featured in this tale are not from Native American ancestry, but instead are from areas of mainstream America and have found this ritualistic lifestyle to be their calling. Vast, untouched American landscapes intersperse rather intimate portraits of those undertaking this seasonal journey as they return to a primal way of living, entirely disparate from a contemporary lifestyle. The book holds some interesting images, yet the design and execution leaves me wanting for something a bit more in keeping with the narrative of the project.



Reviewed by James Brown
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