The Reader Series is a photographic exploration of the book as physical form, cultural marker, and visual word poem. My approach to artistic process is conceptual in structure but intuitively based and reflects a personal relationship with the subject that I am photographing. At its core, this series of photographs reflects my long-standing fascination with the visual display of language, from the style of type font to its engagement with print and design.
Books speak about the culture and time in which they are created. Their current use and valuation reflects contemporary concerns about technology, information media, and the economy. As books age and deteriorate they mirror our own physical issues about age and decay. The text on the spine, cover or title page becomes a poignant narrative of time, place and meaning.
These photographs are made using sheet film with a view camera. The finished exposure is then scanned and digitally printed. This analog to digital process mirrors many aspects of the contested nature of the printed book. The white space around the photo object emphasizes both material physicality and its absence. <view images>
Recto-Verso is a photographic project about the process of reading and the connection between the printed book and the human body. This genesis of this project is based on my experience as a museum book seller as well as a lecture on the connection between books and the body by the art book publisher Sharon Helgason Gallager, given during a period of anxiety about the vulnerability of printed books in an emerging digital era.
In each of these works, the subject is engaged in the act of reading whereby I then physically remove the book from their hands and then take their photograph. The photographs are made in natural light using black and white film in a medium format camera. The processed film is scanned and printed as an archival inkjet print. <view images>