Variations of a Fall, Published by the Visual
Studies Workshop, Indigo digital offset, 8.5 x 8.5",
32 pages, edition of 100, 2001. To purchase,
please email davidschulzworks at gmail dot com. $30.
Variations of a Fall is based on a recurring dream of falling through space. Evincing three variations of the dream, the book references Dante's Divine Comedy via levels of dream experience, ie. hell, purgatory, and heaven, and in doing so, considers our perception of the nature of death as a critical aspect of our identity.
These levels are manifested by double-paged spreads that contain grided assemblages of four photographs and unrelated epigrammatic stories. In each photographic grid, one of the four images follows an anonymous character through scenarios that pique specific emotional states, while the three surrounding images range from obscured panoramas to vertiginous drops—spaces that create moments the viewer may tend to associate with the character's present state of mind. The verbal segment of the book navigates the terrain of human experience in much the same way the pictures do. Stories of 'close-calls' and digging large holes in the dirt bring to mind relationships that challenge individual choices with a universal animating force that minimizes differences between humans and worms to the point of consciousness alone.