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AMELIA BRYNE
visual anthropology

Letting go of the Shore
A book by Amelia Bryne (2009-present)

A different way of thinking and being is coming about in the world: this is also a very ancient way. It will take some time and work, on both an individual and a societal level, in order to move to this new perspective. To do so we must let go of the present ways of doing and seeing things: we must let go of the shore. This book is about the process or state of letting go.

Set in contemporary America the text is made from the memories and observations, fragments of life: Wal-Mart, beer, books read, small apartments, New York, swimming naked in the lake. It mixes everyday life with economic theory: news broadcasts and stimulus checks with standard of living measures, growth, peak oil, the long emergency, working in the garden, anti-globalization protests, houses in China. It loosely documents nine months of a life: a transformation: a movement from one state to another.

Rather than explaining directly what this time is (though this becomes clear), Letting Go of the Shore documents what it is like to live at this moment, and to grapple with the fact we may need to radically change the way that we live, how we see the world, and our place in it. This disconcerting process of personal change, embedded in a landscape of commutes-to-work and stock market news, is precisely what each of us must tackle to prepare ourselves for new beginnings.

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