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Just like Batchelder’s 2015 publication Tideland, Creatures depict nothing more than small sections of beach, which, in theory, every vacationer could see. But he sees what nobody sees. As a practiced observer, David Batchelder enters a world of dreams, of the strange and the non-rational, in order to encounter faces, ghosts, angels, or terrestrial and extraterrestrial forms in this world beyond the real. He invites viewers to use the photographs as projection surfaces for their own worlds of imagination.

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Weight 890 g
Dimensions 23.5 x 32.1 cm
Publisher name Schilt Publishing
Publication date 5 April 2023
Number of pages 110
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by David Batchelder, Text by Christiane Stahl
Dimensions 23.5 x 32.1 cm
Weight 890 g


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In the 1960s, David Batchelder received an MA and MFA in photography from the University of Iowa studying under John Schulze. He taught photography at Smith College, Amherst College, Boston University, Dartmouth State College, and Plymouth State College. His early photographs were exhibited widely, published in Aperture magazine, and can be admired in the following collections: Addison Gallery of American Art, Fogg Museum, George Eastman House, Michigan Institute of Technology, Smith College, Bowdoin College, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Hood Museum, and Dartmouth College.

Batchelder did not start making creative photographs until 1984. Ninety photographs from Tideland (Schilt Publishing, 2015) were exhibited at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, South Carolina in 2014. Essay by Christiane Stahl.