TBW Books
Confederate Moons,
by Gregory Halpern
Subscription Series, Spring 2017

Gregory Halpern made these photographs in North Carolina in 2017, in the weeks before and after a total eclipse of the sun. At the time, the ghost of the Confederacy seemed to be simultaneously waxing and waning; the eclipse arrived one week after a white nationalist tragically drove his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Halpern has a long-standing interest in the intersection of surrealism and realism, and this was no exception. The country was angry, confused and splitting at the seams, yet there we all were, together, staring at the sun and reveling in the apocalyptic thrill of watching the moon temporarily extinguish our life-source.