Living in Belgium near the city of Antwerp, I am a passionate amateur photographer as from the end of the 70s. I try to be an open minded photographer and to appreciate the more traditional fine art photography as well as modern and more experimental work. In my own photography my favourite topics are urban/architecture.
There are books created by photographers/artists filled with photography and then there are artist’s books that use the photographic image in new ways. Paula McCartney has a new monograph, A Field Guide to Snow and Ice, published by Silas Finch, that is a great example of changing how we look at images and it happens to be one of the most stunning and unique books I have seen in awhile. The book allows for new considerations of looking at photographs in a way that pushes and pulls the viewer, drawing us in and moves us along as we look at all things cold and frozen. The spine of the book detaches from the front cover and the book becomes an installation piece approximately 34 feet in length …..
Flowers Irving Penn
Penn started photographing flowers for the Christmas edition of American Vogue in 1967 and continued to explore the genre for 40 years. His apparent simplistic compositions are void of sentimentality and focus on the detail, form and wonder of each specimen. The images in this title are sumptuously printed, illustrating the objective study in every minute detail. Penn’s preference for blooms, passed the point of perfection, hints at their mortality whilst celebrating each flower’s sensual beauty.
“I myself have always stood in awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel.” -Irving Penn