Cover Image for Genius Loci - February 2023

[Genius Loci] February 2023

Dear mediums who commune with the spirits of place, As I sit at my desk and revisit my notebooks and photos from the Hill of the Skull, the memories of that strange place rush back to me. They bewitch me into a kind of impassioned trance, a rapture. Florida’s lower altitude ensures a lower resting heart rate, and yet my heart fluters as my notes and photographs transport me back to that dusty mound in the foothills of the Andes....

31 January 2023 · 5 min · 970 words · Jeremy Bassetti

The Hill of the Skull

The Hill of the Skull is the title of my new book. To get notified when my new book’s crowdfunding campaign launches, sign up to the campaign on Kickstarter or sign up to the email list below. After the crowdfunding campaign ends, I’ll delete this list and your email addresses. Sign Up Loading... Thank you! You have successfully joined the list.  If you're also interested in seeing incremental updates, use the social media links below to follow along....

[Genius Loci] November 2022

When I went to Bolivia last August, one of my missions was to do research during the Festival of the Virgin of Urkupiña in a town called Quillacollo. The most popular events of the festival are its parades, which feature dancers and musicians wearing brightly colored “folkloric” and “indigenous” costumes. I originally planned to take photographs of dancers and the musicians in what I imagined being an ethnographic study, but those plans fell through....

01 November 2022 · 6 min · 1114 words · Jeremy Bassetti
Work prints on the floor.

[Genius Loci] October 2022

Hello, autumn. But here in Florida it still feels like summer. Oh, and Hurricane Ian is poised to strike the peninsula tomorrow. I’m writing and scheduling this a few days early in the likely event that power outages persist through the end of the week. The last month has been productive. As you may know, I’m working on a book-shaped thing, replete with photos and a narrative, based on my travels to Bolivia....

01 October 2022 · 6 min · 1078 words · Jeremy Bassetti

How to Approach a Photobook with Words

It goes without saying that creating a photobook with words is unlike creating a photobook without them. And it is also unlike creating a wordbook without photos. A book with words and images is its own beast. It is a chimera, a hybrid monster that you should respect and listen to if one confronts you. Hi. I’m Jeremy Bassetti, and I’ve caught a chimera by its tail. Which is to say, I’m working on a photobook with words....

29 September 2022 · 6 min · 1164 words · Jeremy Bassetti