Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 - we always lie to strangers


Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 - we always lie to strangers


By Antone Dolezal & Lara Shipley

Published 2014 by Search Party Press

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In SLC vol. 3 – we always lie to strangers – artists Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal take the viewer further down the winding road and past the Spook Light Museum to meet the enduring dwellers who continue to pass down traditional Ozark folktales. 

In the backwoods community often wary of outsiders, the artists have encountered an eclectic mixture of lonely souls hiding in the shadows and prospering characters living an independent life off the land. Shipley and Dolezal have spent the past three years meeting these locals and collecting a variety of Ozark folktales that are presented in a series of photographs and nonfiction personal accounts in vol. 3

In a place where tall-tales are still passed around campfires and Sunday morning prayers can be heard drifting through the rolling hills, it’s hard to dismiss the importance of the Ozark folkloric traditions. To discard these stories as just another yarn conceived of by country folk, is to ignore the unique culture that makes this region distinct – where the desire for myth can provide a reprieve from the realities of life, as long as people keep telling the tales. 

Photographs by Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal. 
Search Party Press, 2014. 60 pp., 52 color illustrations, 7x9".