Adam Turner

Adam Turner (b. 1994) is an American photographer based in Kansas City, MO. He holds no formal education in photography and works as an engineer to support his passion for the visual arts. They Used to Nail Catfish to the Telephone Poles, a work in progress, is his first body of work and is primarily inspired by his childhood. Today we take a look at Adams series titled They Used to Nail Catfish to the Telephone Poles. An exploration of recent human presence and lost communication. It relies heavily Adam’s grandfather, a widower, and his recently deceased wife of over fifty years.

9900297-007 001

Adam_Turner_2

They Used to Nail Catfish to the Telephone Poles

As a child growing up in western Missouri, I have distinct memories of trying to fend off the scorching summer heat. If I were lucky, my neighbor would haul his children and I to the local pool for a swim. On the ride to and from, I would see the most absurd thing: there were catfish lining the telephone poles, their jaws held up by nails.

Adam_Turner_3

Adam_Turner_4

That neighbor loved to torture our little brains. Pointing at the catfish, he would tell us stories of deranged fishermen who wanted only to watch us squirm. The sight of the rotting fish was ominous in its own right, and the wives’ tales drove it over the edge.

Inspired by such tales, this work is an exploration of recent human presence and lost communication. It relies heavily on my grandfather, a widower, and his recently deceased wife of over fifty years.

Adam_Turner_5

Adam_Turner_6

Adam_Turner_7

Adam_Turner_8

Adam_Turner_9

Adam_Turner_10

Adam_Turner_11

Adam_Turner_12

Adam_Turner_13

Adam_Turner_14

To view more of Adam’s work please visit his website.



Let's Get Physical!

If you didn’t know, we print limited edition artist monographs and magazines. Check out our SHOP! Help us get our publications near you. We are looking for new retail locations to stock Aint–Bad. If you know of a shop in your area that supports independent publishers, suggest them below!