The content in this book is the result of walking around the shoreline of Prudence Island, Rhode Island in the warm, early fall of 2011. These walks forced me to discover new territory in a familiar place. As I walked around the island I gathered mostly trash or abandoned objects. I photographed the objects and then began to pair them in digital collages. I began to ask myself questions like, What is a thing? Can I begin to see things as more than mere objects? Can a thing be an island? Is an island ever truly isolated?
To begin to think of the things I collected as more then just trash I started to think of the former history of each artifact, what it may have been used for, what its properties are, if it was a piece of something or what pieces make it up. On further examination I begin to make the distinction that an object is only part of what a thing is. A thing can not only be an object but an idea or concept. And what gives a thing its significance is our ability to acknowledge and consider its existence.
Each object in this book has a corresponding number as well as a corresponding description that hints to its’ prior life. These things also give clues what life is like on and around the island. This book catalogs the beauty and poetry we find in unexpected places.