I Walk Towards the Sun Which Is Always Going Down



“On a far wandering walk a thousand usable thoughts occur to me,” writes Robert Walser, “and without walking, I would be able to collect neither observations nor studies.” In the image-text book I Walk Toward the Sun Which Is Always Going Down (2019), Alan Huck (United States) draws on literature about walking by authors such as the Surrealists, W.G. Sebald, and Annie Dillard, which the artists references throughout the texts that are included in the book. Thanks to this, the book takes on the form of a literary essay embedded with photographs.

In I Walk Toward the Sun Which Is Always Going Down an unnamed wanderer roams around a city in New Mexico. An interior monologue written in first-person, fragmentary prose is being complemented by photographs of the urban surroundings. The observations made and encounters had during the wanderings are shown in the photographs, hence becoming the stimuli for a debate on numerous subjects.

Alan Huck, an MFA graduate, takes inspiration from his routine excursions across the landscape of the city, a place where a lot of films have been made. In the book the narrator mentions an obvious facet of moviemaking: erasure. The artist sees a similar strategy in his own pursuits: rearranging time and space, and splicing together disparate pieces of physical geography to create a fictional environment, two of the fundamentals of photography.