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Robert Adams: Light Balances & On Any Given Day in Spring

Two new books by Robert Adams have been published as a slipcased set. They reproduce the photographs from two recent bodies of work, Light Balances and On Any Given Day in Spring.

Light Balances is the title of a group of 59 photographs made between 2005 and 2011 in a protected forest around the Columbia River estuary near the town of Astoria, Oregon where Adams has lived since 1997. These dense black and white images capture the diverse qualities of light as filtered through and onto the leaves, trunks, grass, and dirt of the uncontaminated forest.

The 30 photographs in On Any Given Day in Spring depict flocks of seabirds on the North Beach Peninsula in Washington State. They were made between 2007 and 2009 and capture the relationship between the birds, the ocean, and the sky. Adams writes of his chance encounters with the birds, “There is no certainty, on any given day in spring, that the birds will be there.”