Shortlisted for the Aperture Paris-Photo Book of the Year Award 2018
Selected as one of the Best Books of 2018 by John Gossage, Ron Jude, Brad Feuerhelm, Jeff Ladd, Terri Weifenbach, Vanessa Winship, Esther Teichmann, Gregory Barker, Todd Hido, Bryan Schutmaat, 1000WordsMagazine
"What Halfstory Halflife does for me on a personal level is that it reminds me that all is not lost. That honest work can be made without the unnecessary interference of levity. It serves to remind me that photography can still be photography[ [...]" — Brad Feuerhelmin American Suburb X
"Halfstory Halflife is so much more than fear and death. It is after all a celebration of life. It tells so well the vibration of the air in the mystery of darkness, the grace of youth in the awkward movements in the void, the certainty that there must be a tomorrow, a new beginning after that. [...] There is an absolute tenderness here, a delicacy in the form and spirit reflected among the fear and the masculine faces, the almost unfinished bodies." — Gabriela Cendoya
Over the course of multiple summers, Raymond Meeks has ventured the few miles from his rural home in the Catskill Mountain region of New York, to a single-lane bridge spanning the tributaries of Bowery and Catskill Creeks. Beneath the bridge, a waterfall drops sixty-feet over moss-covered limestone toward a forbidding pond. The local youth have come here from time immemorial, congregating near outcroppings and around a concrete altar – a remnant of an earlier stone bridge. Most allow themselves a brief running start before launching their pale bodies into the void, where tentative suggestions of flight mark the response to gravity. Taken collectively, their gestures allude to ritual, a prayerful response to the exigencies of budding sexuality and a future rife with uncertainty. Halfstory Halflife is a distillation of the photographs made in the shadows of these falls, marked each summer by the emergence of young adults perched at a precipice both in space and in their lives.
Raymond Meeks (b.1963 Ohio) lives and works in the Hudson Valley, New York.His pictures have been exhibited at galleries including Fotomuseum Den Haag (Holland), Candace Dwan in New York and Camera Obscura in Paris. His work is housed in public and private collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale (France), The National Gallery of Art, George Eastman House and the Museum of Modern Art Library. He is the co-founder of Orchard Journal and Dumbsaint and the author of over twenty-four commercially and self-published books. His most recent collaborative journal, Township, (along with Tim Carpenter, Adrianna Ault and Brad Zellar) was nominated for the 2018 International Photobook Award at Kassel. Meeks is represented by Wouter van Leeuwen in Amsterdam, Netherlands.