Here’s the gallery of photos from my latest book building/learning experience.
I’ve said this before but I really need to sit down and properly study how to make books, how to sequence them etc. as I just go with my heart much like I do with my camera and paint brushes.
I have to paint fast to keep whatever inspiration I had fresh like an energy bar running out in a computer game.
Anyway, here’s the Gallery and a rough guide:
Starting with images symbolising a journey
If you say Land-scape photography it’s normally an image of trees or hills that will pop into your head so I start with trees then immediately go straight to the juxt-ugular (juxtaposition and jugular, get it?), the urban landscape.
Natural rocks and stone/man-made rocks and stone.
A deteriorating image of a tree blowing in the wind, replaced by a brick and metal building on the following page.
A farmed field, replaced by a tall pointy symbol of cultural progress and an echo of the old.
Another mechanical symbol juxtaposed with trees; a level crossing with the dazzling lights of a fast paced technological culture.
Monument to man followed by the inevitable, yet likely unknown at the time, future of waste.
The modern landscape of wires with a depressed mood in red …
… and with more wires but in blue.
A family by the water then a family on a train …
… terminating with just the bridge, a classic symbol of awesome engineering that brackets the first part of the collection of images.
Abstract rebirth of ideas or as David Farquhar used to say about making music, ‘a quiet bit’ after ‘a noisy bit’.
Rebirth again but with echo’s of the city.
But you can’t hold it back so here it comes again, and below with a “these are the footsteps you’re going to make” sorta thing.
Introducing dysfunctional animals and people.
This is where it gets a bit heavy handed. I’m pretty much an atheist so here is a reference to the construct of religion.
… and my perceived corruption of it by the vanity and greed of those who yearn for power and control.
Images of orbs or circles to to symbolise what I think is the cyclical nature of everything and an optimistic half circle.
When I actually write all this down it sounds very very wanky but you can simply ignore it and make up your own version from the sequence of images or ignore making any interpretation all together (does it really need to have a meaning?).
As Grayson Perry said so perfectly about art, but I think it relates to everything, “you don’t have to like it all”.