Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Esmé


Esmé, graduate, June 25, 2013.

The summer seemed to last forever.

But as all days do, this day slowly slips into the past, like a coastline as the boat pulls away from the shore. First the rocks, covered briefly by shallow water, where the measurements are all human: the water is ankle deep, now up to my waist, now over my head, now it is the distance I can swim out to, and now we are beyond that distance also; drifting; the waves are no more than a line where the land and the water meet. Now the deep greens and blues of the coastline are signatures, signing the landscape. Now we are far away. Now we are years away.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Book Forty


Book Forty
May - June 2007
Softcover Notebook
Kept while in Morocco and France
3.5" x 5.5" 58 pages. 

We are fiction. Allegory. Convention. Beyond the castle walls the ground dissolves, the gardens bloom nightshade and proverb, requited we place our souls in our own time and measure the length in days.

Here is an index of books. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Crispin Elsted


Crispin Elsted, printer, poet, April 30, 2013.

"The Elsteds have been operating Barbarian Press for more than thirty-five years. In that time they have done commercial work, such as stationary and cards, and fine press work, including broadsheets, pamphlets and forty books. They've published classic authors—William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, John Keats—and contemporary ones, such as Theresa Kishkan and Tim Bowling. They have created, and live, what might be called a handmade life, carrying on traditions and practices that have remained unchanged in their essentials since the fifteenth century, when Gutenberg modified a grape press in Mainz, Germany, and used it to print a bible. They are now among the most senior and respected members of a very small group of people worldwide (the Fine Press Book Association's website lists just 118 member presses) [...]"

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book Thirty-Nine


Book Thirty-Nine,
November 2006
Softcover Sketchbook
Kept while in India
8.5" x 11.5" 80 pages. 

Two thick-paged sketchbooks from L Cornelissen & Son joined together.
Kept while on a Journey to India in 2006.

This book contains my first explorations into black and white portrait photography. It took me a long time to learn how to discern what I was after, and perhaps even longer to learn how to achieve it deliberately. I began to write short paragraphs describing the subjects. They created an unusual tension between text and image.



Here is an index of books.