Stephen Gill - The Pillar

Winner of the 2019 Les Rencontres de la Photographie author book award.

"The landscape that surrounds my home in Sweden can be misleading. The bird activity it contains is diluted by the vastness of the flat open land and sky, which gives the impression that very little is going on. In January 2015, with the inkling of an idea that their activity might be more prevalent than I first thought, I decided to try to pull the birds from the sky. On the edge of a field next to a stream I set up a 6 cm-diameter stage in the form of a wooden pillar about one and half metres high. Opposite it I placed another, the same size, on which I mounted a motion-sensor camera. When I visited the camera a few days later, to my surprise, it had worked. The pillar had funnelled the birds from the sky offering them a place to rest, feed, nurse their young, and look around. I was captivated. The images were often chaotic, the birds offbeat and awkward like contortionists, but the shapes and soft lines made by their bodies and wings were arresting. From my kitchen window the pillar appeared like a matchstick in the flat distance yet the absence afforded the birds a greater presence in my mind. Even when I was out of the country I would be imagining the activity on the stage. I have since learned that the region of Skåne, where I live, is home to 192 of the 250 species of birds that are native to Sweden."


The Guardian - Sean O'Hagan

ASX - American Suburb X

3 Part cloth bound hardback
224 Pages
Edition of 1500
96 Quadtone black and white plates
31 Colour plates
216 mm x 270 mm
Book contains inserted saddle stitched booklet with text
132 x 210 mm

  • Publisher: Nobody Books
  • Authors: Words by Karl Ove Knausgård. Edited and sequenced by Stephen Gill. Designed by Greger Ulf Nilson



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