Samuel Wright and Josh Lustig
MJ: Certainly a book that deserves a thorough reading, images and text partner here for both an exploration of wilderness and a space that provides the setting for numerous stories like that of Bobby and Jay. Neither prose nor imagery distract from the other but neither do they seek to form any strong links – plenty for the reader to do.
Hackney Marshes are city and wilderness. They are wild and grubby, empty and teeming with rubbish and stories. ‘The Marshes’ brings together images by Josh Lustig and text by Samuel Wright, in an unconventional design that lets the photographs and writing interact and interweave throughout. As sprawling and untamed as its subject, this is a book designed to be explored, played with, and re-read.
“Sometimes something would catch fire inside them and they’d run like dogs, in huge looping curves over the brown grass, screaming.”
The Marshes’ is the first publication from Tartaruga Press, available in a strictly limited pressing of 300 numbered copies only.
“On quiet evenings, when the birds pause, and the traffic stops, and the boy next door turns off his Xbox, I can hear it rotting.”
– Josh Lustig and Samuel Wright