In the Valley of Dry Bones is an experimental narrative, which employs alternative methods of exploring a subject’s psyche and creating a photographic fiction. The book utilizes appropriated journal entries, handwritten letters, and scrawled crayon sketches, which were made by the journal’s author after the loss of a love and subsequent mental unravelling and asylum. The author’s entries have been repurposed and combined with original photographs to construct a journey narrative set in Los Angeles that is both loosely-biographical and contemporary mythos, as it pulls heavily from cinematic depictions of Los Angeles and the Western literary canon for its basic structure and inherited symbolism.
Traditionally, mythology has been a means of asserting an existential order within the universe. In my construction of a mythology from manic materials, I intend to confront the difficulty of reconciling such an order in light of the apparent absurdity of human suffering. In the Valley of Dry Bones bears witness to the often irreconcilable relationship between hope and seeming inevitability, placing yearnings for a meaningful world of beauty and love in dissonance with a looming dread of loss, frustrated desire and existential futility.
In the Valley of Dry Bones
By: Joshua David Watson
Currently Seeking Publishers
With written material and two mini-zines tucked within the pages
Features 18 poems and writings, alongside dozens of pen and crayon drawings