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     In Not A Good Sign, Don House takes us on a photographic romp through the back roads of his life.  Instead of the powerful portraiture and landscape work for which he is best known, in this eclectic mix of mistakes, misspellings, and misplacements, he sets aside his large-format ways, and shoots from the proverbial hip for the pure pleasure of it - over fifty black-and-white postcards from the road. House sees signs, and especially those that speak louder than intended, as a form of communication with the locals, a little window on the community as he passes through.  Shunning the interstates gives House the opportunity to cruise the back roads as part of his normal work-a-day routine.  Mostly shot in the South and Midwest, it becomes, for us, an album of a region, in concentric circles around his beloved Arkansas home.  Never mocking, only smiling, he calls his back roads choice an expression of love, really, and we, the reader, get a little glimpse of that love affair - from duck pluckers to fat hogs - we're riding shotgun, windows down, hair blowing, camera ready, always ready.    128 pages, with a foreword by Larry Foley.  $29.95. To purchase, click here.



      Author and naturalist Gary Lantz combines forces with photographer Don House to bring alive the natural and human history of the Southern Plains.  They focus their energies on one immense ranch in western Oklahoma that has been worked by the same family for four generations.  Rancher Sue Selman weaves her memories of growing up on a working cattle ranch into the fabric of Lantz’s seasonal diary of the natural forces that come together to make the Great Plains one of the most powerful and intensely beautiful, yet often misunderstood and under appreciated, regions of the United States. House’s rich black and white images and journal entries add a third voice, an additional view to this wonderful mix that combines to give a balanced and thorough understanding of the human experience and the human effect of life on the Southern Plains. 27 duotone photographs by Don House, 150 pages. $29.95. To purchase, click here.


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