Jolene is a collaborative project by artist Guy Gormley and poet Rachael Allen.
The book presents a series of photographs and poems that explore the
experience of isolation and claustrophobia in a rural, disenfranchised part of
Cornwall, while also engaging with the social impact of shifting economic
geographies. Much of the preparatory work for Jolene was done during a visit to
Rachael’s family home in the Cornish village of Dobwalls. Though this time was
crucial to the composition of the book, many of Guy’s photographs date from
before or after the trip. Image and text work together but are not illustrative, their
juxtaposition producing moments of consonance and dissonance. And while
Jolene is in a certain sense specific to Cornwall, its intimate and sometimes
humorous dealings with the everyday push the book outside of its particular
context, allowing the reader to weave together his or her own narrative.
Published by the independent imprint Matchstick Books.