I am very thrilled to announce the publication of my hand-made artist book Pine Lake. Thus post is not intended to be a book review, as I need to let others provide more objective assessments. This is just a blatant self promotion.
Pine Lake is sequenced as a semi-fictional story about an American multi-generational summer rite, a weekend fishing trip.
As to how this project came about, it started with my recently discovered family photographs of my two grandfathers fishing, a passion of which was unknown and totally foreign to me. Thus the small, worn vernacular photographs I found became talismans for the lost memories and stories of my family. This has led me to create this artist book to tell a story of what might have been. Pine Lake is another of my on-going series that investigates memory and its preservation.
The interior flip-book is formatted in a style reminiscent of a promotional processing book common in the 1960′s produced by Kodak and Ansco, which could be purchase with a film processing order. The book is accompanied by a small collection of preserved ephemera that represent the memorabilia that might be saved after a favorite vacation.
The stiff cover book contains 17 black & white photographs. The outer cover is fabricated from a sheet of 120 gm Canson Mi-Teintes paper, hand trimmed to size and inkjet printed which is then hand inscribed. This cover is bone creased, hand hole punched and an aluminum prong binding is attached to manually bind the interior pages. The book resides inside a hand inscribed poly slip-cover (a zip-lock bag) accompanied with three pieces of faux ephemera; a fishing stamp, a fishing notice & a section of fishing line with small weight attached mid-way.
The book and ephemera are housed in a hand-made wood frame with a printed cover constructed from 110# Daler-Rowney Canford paper, cut to size, ink-jet printed, hand bone crease and glued to the frame to create a gate fold flap, with an elastic band closure.
Exterior size is 8 1/2″ x 10″ x 7/16″ (210 mm x 250mm x 100mm)
The photographic images are anonymous and from my family archive. These images have been re-photographed, ‘aged’ and modified to provide a consistent appearance to illustrate this short visual story. Pine Lake is produced in a Limited Edition of 25.
I hope you enjoy it.
Notes: Sold out. Selected by Elizabeth Avedon as one of her Best Photographic Books for 2014.