This book is published in a very simple way, it is constructed of A2 paper stapled, like smaller book this cost effective strategy is employed on a larger scale and works. It is confident, it feels good in the hand and the paper choices made complete the book. It inspired me to think about making my own book in a very different way, previously interested in hand binding and creating 'perfect' works, I think this style of book collating in a very dynamic and interesting way the photographs I have been making alongside the 5x4 / 10x8 traditional process would work well in a large printed book like this. The A3 page size gives space to play with but allows a 35mm frame to print with sufficient quality. The low quality reminds me of the film 'Somewhere to disappear' by Alec Soth in relation to his 'Sleeping along the mississippi' work, the photographs display the 'quality' so the supporting material can be lofi but be documenting.
Whilst thinking of these themes I began to think that it needs to have an interlaced meaning or message behind the book, and I feel that although I see the river as a playground and an interactive space. Lots of responses have been of it as a barrier, a difficulty and unaccessible. Although surprising I recognize I have been fortunate to be able to have a place to escape too. The book is going to explore this idea, the restrictive nature of growing up in todays childhoods. The health and safety governed lifestyle dictated to us by overprotection. I plan to do this by looking for barriers along the river, stop points, obstacles and including them in the book. Obscuring the views with these objects.
In my book I will continue shooting whilst exploring, making and developing my traditional work but pay particular attention to themes that present themselves. I feel that currently the potential themes are; trees, found objects - location/air, water (not the river), mud, old boats, green boats, used boats, portraits; users and occupiers, wildlife, barriers, obstacles, metaphors, fun. I plan to shoot a lot of images over the winter break, and travel the river, making notes and plans for the traditional landscape images.
"Photography doesn't always have to be art, it can be life" - JEvans. My book is about life, not art, its about exploring and escaping and sharing the experiences I have/had with the audience to the project.
Holloways book by Robert McFarlane; Whilst describing a Holloway, although applicable to any natural wilderness he cites "a place which one might slip back out of this world".