“The town is quiet, the streets are empty. But if you take the road into the backwoods, you’ll start to hear some noises. A branch snaps and there are voices, laughing. A few lights are on at one house and a fire burns behind a barn. And if you relax your eyes you can see that there are people all around. The folks who live further out don’t follow the same rules. They have their own idea of what the night is for.
Dylan Hausthor and Paul Guilmoth listen to the people who tell them stories of birth and death and their photographs are remnants of those who live along a little creek that floods on the same day each spring. This book is the result of many days in and around the stream and a testament to the power of the myths that fuel the towns in the distance.”
— Vivian Ewing
‘Sleep Creek’ is a landscape filled with trauma and beauty. It’s a place where animals are only seen when they’re being hunted and humans balance between an unapologetic existence and an abyss of secrecy. These images manipulate a landscape that is simultaneously autobiographical, documentary, and fictional: a weaving of myth and symbol in order to be confronted with the experiential. Following the rituals of those within it, ‘Sleep Creek’ is an obsession between the subject and the photographer — a compulsion to reveal its shrouded Nature.”