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Album Rock: Looking back through the lens of Paul-Émile Miot

Album Rock: Looking back through the lens of Paul-Émile Miot

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Part art history, part road trip, and part detective story, Album Rock began when Matthew Hollett stumbled across an intriguing photograph taken by french photographer Paul-Émile Miot from the 1850s on the website of the Corner Brook Museum and Archives.
Part art history, part road trip, and part detective story, Album Rock began when Matthew Hollett stumbled across an intriguing photograph from the 1850s on the website of the Corner Brook Museum and Archives.   Paul-Émile Miot was one of the first photographers to visit Newfoundland. His photo Rocher peint par les marins français (Rock painted by French sailors) shows the word Album painted on a prominent rock in Sacred Bay, on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. Over 160 years later, the landmark is still known as Album Rock. But what’s the story behind this curious scene? And who are the sailors posing on the rock?   A lively and insightful work of creative nonfiction and poetry, Album Rock touches on the history of photography in Newfoundland, Miot’s travels around the French Shore, and the power of naming in shaping our perceptions of a place. It’s also a celebration of curiosity and the joy of delving into the mystery of a peculiar photograph.
Matthew Hollett is an award-winning writer and visual artist in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Album Rock is his first book.  Matthew won the 2018 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem. He was awarded the 2018 Cox & Palmer Sparks Creative Writing Award and the Landfall Trust Residency.   His poetry collection, Optic Nerve, won the 2017 NLCU Fresh Fish Award. He also won the 2017 Prairie Fire Short Fiction Contest, The Malahat Review’s 2017 Open Season Award for Creative Nonfiction, and In 2017 he was selected as Newfoundland Quarterly’s inaugural Creative Nonfiction Fellow. Matthew was longlisted for the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize.   His writing has been published most recently in Riddle Fence and PRISM International, and previously in anthologies such as The March Hare Anthology and Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry.   Check out his webpage at http://www.matthewhollett.com/
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  Album Rock English student publishes work of creative non-fiction and poetry Part art history, part road trip, part detective story.Album Rock began when English student and award-winning author Matthew Hollett stumbled across an intriguing photograph from the 1850s on the Corner Brook Museum and Archives website. Paul-Émile Miot was one of the first photographers to visit Newfoundland. His photo, Rocher peint par les marins français (Rock painted by French sailors), shows the word “album” painted on a prominent rock in Sacred Bay, on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. More than 160 years later, the landmark is still known as Album Rock. But what’s the story behind this curious scene? And who are the sailors posing on the rock? Perceptions of place A lively and insightful work of creative non-fiction and poetry, Album Rock touches on the history of photography in Newfoundland, Miot’s travels around the French Shore and the power of naming in shaping our perceptions of a place. It’s also a celebration of curiosity and the joy of delving into the mystery of a peculiar photograph.Album Rock is published by Boulder Publicationshttps://gazette.mun.ca/research/books-at-memorial/album-rock/  About Matthew:​The Malahat Review, "Portrait of the Forgotten Memory: L’Amour Lisik in Conversation with Matthew Hollett" ​As a visual artist and poet, do you find that your art and poetry intersect with your creative nonfiction work? If so, in what ways do they influence each other? What current and future works are happening for you?  I used to describe myself as a visual artist who writes a lot, but I think I’m becoming more of a writer who takes a lot of photos. I’m a very visual person, so my nonfiction and poetry often rely on observation and description, and I especially enjoy writing in response to images. Over the past few years I’ve been making artist’s books such as Field Notes (a book of poems and photos about writing outdoors) and Small Landmarks (an ebook of photos and handwritten notes about walking). So my writing and visual art are basically one practice. I’m finishing up a collection of poems about photography, and am also working on Album Rock, a book of nonfiction, poetry and photos about a strange photograph taken in Newfoundland in 1857.  http://www.malahatreview.ca/interviews/hollett_interview.html
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