Visiting Tom

Tom, 2009, 10×8 gelatin silver print

On Sunday, August 16, 2009 we went with writer Mike Perry to Tom’s farm. In the process of making photographs with our 8×10 view camera, Tom told the stories that belong to a lifelong collection of experiences and stuff. Posing for photographs altered the relationship with time. Infinite unrecorded moments contribute to the making of a single statement representing an impossibly complex evolution. Invention, persistence, deterioration, obsolescence, and wisdom accumulate on the surface where they were available to the camera. Our photographs, an extended portrait, are published in Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace by Perry. Reviews and interviews about the book have been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Cap Times,,, and Boswell and Books blog. The book made The New York Times Book Review Best-Seller list in September 2012.

6 thoughts on “Visiting Tom

  1. I just finished reading Visiting Tom, and was struck by how many memories of people and places I once knew came rushing back. Are there plans to publish more of the photographs from this project?

  2. Thanks for checking it out. There are 10 photographs on view at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee for another week or so and a few of those are not included in the book.

  3. Finally finished the book. I farm and mostly read any Farm magazine i can find. I have read all of Mike Perry`s book and will be sending him an e-mail next. The pictures, the stories, my life with my dad all came rushing back. All the history of our farm and the stories it could tell. Thanks for the pictures to go along with the story. Made my day more than you can imagine. Nick Luther

  4. Great to hear the photographs evoked so many memories for you. We are dedicated to recording our little corner of planet earth …

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