Before this comes to pass


Pictures by Rochelle Marie Adam
Published by Tall Poppy Press

92 pages
Edition of 150
Design by Matthew Dunne and Lora Frances Ward
Published in November, 2021
ISBN 978-0-6452746-0-8

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Sitting between the desire to leave and a love for those whove stayed, Before this comes to pass (Tall Poppy Press, 2021) centers on the feeling of not quite wanting to be here but not really wanting to say goodbye. Rochelle Marie Adams debut monograph is imbued with love and care, attention directed to what makes each person and place worth loving, but also worth leaving. Like a buoyancy one gains only from cutting ties, the cities and suburbs shown are both comfortable but also empty: profoundly solitary and overwhelmingly lived in. Adams photos trace feelings of joy amidst an undercurrent of dread. As old friends become old friends, house mates because house bound and the suburbs now feel not just dull but desolate, Adam’s work shows the subtle details that point to closeness, the worlds we build for ourselves through the things we own and the visibility of our relationships

Yet far from hard or critical, those shown are always viewed as connected, loved and noticed: even as domestic life itself may feel worrisome, those who live it are always photographed tenderly and kindly, with conviction and respect. Adams’ work asks: what is the space between restless and settling down? What is the feeling between appreciation and worry? What do we make for ourselves when given the chance?