Tuesday, 16 June 2009

A Domestic Landscape: Outdoor/Indoor.

"A Domestic Landscape" is the product of a collaboration between me and an English garden designer, Jinny Blom. 
The two volume book of black and white photographs is nearly finished with the first artist's proof produced last week. 
Each volume has 40 odd images and they document a small deserted house and its surroundings lost in the Sussex countryside. I posted some of the images earlier in the year in January on this blog.
Photographs reproduced in a book seem to take on a different appearance than when viewed individually. They make more sense as a body of work rather than a random selection of photos. 
I won't claim that they 'bring this place to life', and I suspect that this might be a case where  the less talked about photography the better.  They do however, record a period in the life of a house and its garden, that is now forever lost.

Both volumes are cloth bound housed in a slip case and are A3 (landscape) in size. The images are square, reproduced as toned black and white photographs.

In the Outdoor book, a few of the photographs show the surrounding countryside, with the rest showing the remains of a once busy and productive garden, complete with a tumbledown green house and sheds for storage.

The Indoor book shows the house exactly as we found it last summer, complete with several bee colonies, and with a few bits of evidence of the last inhabitants. The patina resulting from their occupation is recorded in detail.

The book will be sold as a limited edition of 50 copies later in the autumn this year.

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