“Suspect Device” by Chris Suspect {Second Edition}!

Cover to "Suspect Device"

Cover to “Suspect Device”

2015 is starting off with a bang for us here at Empty Stretch. We are happy to announce the second edition of one of our biggest publications from last year, “Suspect Device” by Chris Suspect. Suspect grew up going to the type of shows that left you in a daze, and while you may have sworn you’d never go back, the following Friday night you’d find yourself back at it again. Fast forward twenty-five years, Suspect set out to rediscover these shows, and created a body of work spanning over the past four years of the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area punk scene. The images are as fast and spontaneous as the music, yet more importantly, Suspect captures the camaraderie and kinship behind the music. Showcased for the first time in book form, “Suspect Device” provides a look into a scene that hasn’t thought of stopping or slowing down since it started.

We’re also thrilled to announce that this series will featured at the D.C. Leica Store Gallery starting in March, with Chris even doing a few workshops through the duration of the show. We’ll update with information as more comes together, but it’s awesome seeing this work getting the attention it deserves. 

Spread from "Suspect Device"

Spread from “Suspect Device”

“Suspect Device”
By Chris Suspect
68 pages, 8.5 x 11 in
Second Edition of 250
Forward by Alec MacKaye
$20 USD + S/H
Pre-order / Purchase (All orders will start shipping March 10, 2015)

Check out some of the hype and press about Chris and the series, “Suspect Device” below!
Leica Camera Blog
Washington City Paper

William Douglas on Joel Meyerowitz

We have a new series we are excited to announce “Artist on Artist” and first up is Petty Thieves Alum William Douglas writes about the influence of Joel Meyerowtiz’s work on his own.

William Douglas fts The Same Difference Between Us and Them William Douglas fts The Same Difference Between Us and ThemWhen I first started making pictures, many photographers who used cameras to capture “the decisive moment” intrigued me. However, growing up in quieter coastal environments I often did not find creating these types of images to be truthful to my situation. The first photographer I related to artistically was Joel Meyerowitz. I found a copy of his book Cape Light in a thrift store while on a camping trip to Hatteras Island. Being that I was living in an area that lies near multiple rivers, a bay, and an ocean, water was prominent in my artwork. At the time I found the book I was not actively searching for photographers; I was mostly taking pictures to use as reference for paintings I was creating in Chesapeake, Virginia. A majority of the artistic imagery I was exposed to up until this point, with the exception of pop culture influences, was local nautical art with no larger conceptual context.

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William Douglas fts The Same Difference Between Us and Them Joel Meyerowitz Plate 15 Provincetown,1976When I bought Cape Light it had been almost thirty years since its first print with The Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Knowing that a series can resurface and influence a different generation years later is still something that excites me when viewing classic photographs. I was intrigued by Meyerowitz’s use of toying with the cliché of beach imagery through large format photography, while presenting a type of intimacy someone can only gain by investing time within a tidal region. Through his photographs I learned methods of capturing an aura of a place. In the forward of the book Clifford S. Ackley refers to the twilight hours in which Meyerowitz would make his photographs, quoting the french phrase entire chien et loup (“between dog and wolf”). It was the use of light during these hours that heightened the narrative quality of his photographs, which enlightened me to the possibilities of what I could capture with a camera. As years have passed, I have found many more influences since I came across this series but I still look back to Cape Light and especially PLATE 29 TRURO, 1976 and PLATE 37 PROVINCETOWN, 1977 when seeking inspiration.

William Douglas fts The Same Difference Between Us and Them Joel Meyerowitz Plate 29 Truro, 1976

Please see more work from both William Douglas and Joel Meyerowtiz

Feature: Sophie Barbasch

Sophie Barbasch’s The Source of Heat triggers an intense gravitational energy that emanates from a particular manipulation of light and color. Images point to atmospheric landscapes, amorphous objects, and emotive figures that mediate an ambiguous spectrum of lightness and darkness.

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Defined as a noun, the word heat describes the sensation, perception, and quality of being hot- often regarded as a sensation relating to the body. As a verb, heat can be understood as an arousal of intense emotion – energy that excites the mind with rage or passion. The Source of Heat repeatedly places the viewer in a position to evaluate an emotional temperature as both action and entity, showing the source of emotion as a moving target.

Sophie Barbasch fts The Source of Heat
Please fine more of Sophie Barbasch’s photography on her website. 

Zine Feature: “a parallel universe” by Chris Moody

Chris Moody recently shared his newest zine, “a parallel universe“, with us. Self described as a “series of images tied and intricately placed together to indicate this life and all of its parallels”, the zine follows this idea in a simple design that allows the photos to speak for themselves. Images range from landscapes, to urban scenes, but a focus on fauna and nature seem prevalent throughout. Besides instances of similar content matter, parallels start to from through the images use of color, form, and even mood, creating a nice little experience that warrants repeat visits. You can pick up a copy of the zine here, and make sure to check out Moody’s website as well.


“The Mad Butcher” by Dale Rothenberg

Just in time for the holidays we are pleased to announce our newest release.

This one is by Dale Rothenberg.

The Mad Butcher” follows the trail of Cleveland based 1930’s serial killer, The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Lane. Offering a mix of archival black & white photographs & color photographs of murder specific locations, Rothenberg leads the viewer on a visual journey of history, memory, and begs us to ask questions about what has come before us.

It is now available for pre order & will ship December 15th. It will officially be released at the Aperture book bazaar on December 13.