170 x 240 mm
Following on from her debut publication, Coney Island, Bec Parsons’ latest book for Perimeter Editions, Lone Dove, takes this collaborative quality to new depths. Shifting her gaze to young model and champion equestrienne Lauren Devaney, Parsons joined Devaney and her family on their biannual pilgrimage from their home in Arizona to the Music Meadows ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado. Spanning summer and winter – fast-paced rodeo competition and lonely ranch work amidst the dramatic Colorado landscape – the series sidles both joy and tragedy, as Parsons’ soft gaze renders Devaney, her wider family, their horses and the uniquely American landscapes their lives occupy.
Flitting between the documentary and the personal, Lone Dove offers an at once intimate and expansive reading of a group of anomalous lives amidst the iconographic American West. In the process, she gently challenges the archetypes of what it means to be a young woman, a model, a horsewoman, a sister and a daughter.
About the Artist
Bec Parsons has built an international career around her sensitive negotiations of the ever-elusive space between photographer and muse. Chiefly known for her work in fashion, the photographer’s output radiates with a rare collaborative dynamic. Both her photographs and her subjects share agency and voice; their underpinning is one of connection, subtlety and spontaneity. Parsons’ editorial work has been featured in major fashion publications including Harpers’ Bazaar, Vogue, Teen Vogue, 10 Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Elle, RUSSH, Manuscript, PUSS PUSS, i-D, Dazed & Confused and Oyster; and also in LoveWant, the magazine she founded with her husband and fellow photographer Bartolomeo Celestino in 2005. Her timeless, minimal aesthetic is highly regarded, and has seen her at the forefront of the resurgence of analogue photography in fashion.
Releasing its first publication in 2012, Perimeter Editions’ focus rests on publishing autonomous books in close collaboration with photographers, artists, curators and writers. Its publications exhibit a criticality and sensitivity to content and form.