Ok, so today you get two instead of one post as I am a little bit excited. This afternoon I was more then surprised when I opened a package – thinking it contained a folder I should redesign and it was a book – hurray. Not only is Simon Harsent’s book “Melt – Portrait of an Iceberg” nicely designed, printed and has a great debossed cover, it also contains the most outstanding images. Not sure about you, but I have never had the chance to stand in front of an iceberg to witness their majestic power, but with Simon’s images I can almost feel the cold, fresh air lingering around me. I got lost staring at them and it took me a while to choose a few to show you, but here are a couple of my favs. Ok, so I should have photographed the book to give you a good impression, but I do not think I would have done the book any justice by photographing it with my iphone, so I borrowed my favorite images from Simon to show you. You can purchase his stunning big (42cm x 30cm) book for $60 here. Oh and make sure to read his bio here and look at his great portraits here. And thanks for the lovey note Simon.
Sorry it has been a bit quiet here recently but I have been busily preparing a brochure, and a 976 page slideshow and am attempting to put together another slideshow for a panel meeting. A while ago I was asked to present UYW at the Cortona on the Move Festival in Tuscany, but unfortunately – due to lack of finance I couldn’t make it, but Fabio Severo a long time collaborator and friend will be there…. So along with supplying Fabio with visuals and brochures, I also needed to sit down and go over UYW with a tooth comb. I always thought it is so very simple, but to explain it to someone else is a completely different matter. I even did facts and figures and while UYW still has a smallish following – I was happy with the outcome. Now I only wish I could be there to enjoy the exhibitions, talks and not to mention the Tuscan sun.
But, on a completely different note – I came upon Scott Hocking’s work today, completely by chance. He had an image of a $25G check on facebook and as all the comments made me giggle and one thing always leads to another – I found his website and his great series “Garden of Gods”. Here is what he says about his work:
GARDEN OF THE GODS is an installation built on the collapsed roof of the Albert Kahn designed Packard automobile plant in Detroit. Only a handful of Kahn’s cast concrete columns remain standing among the rubble, leaving a site reminiscent of both the Roman Forum and Bernini’s Piazza San Pietro. Using the columns as pedestals, the twelve gods of the classical Greek Pantheon are replaced and represented by wooden television consoles found elsewhere in the building. Completed in December of 2009, the new pantheon of gods was documented through the seasons as the structure collapsed, and the TV towers were destroyed. In March 2010, another portion of the roof collapsed, and by April, a 4-story collapse created a semicircular cliff. A few TVs remain, and the structure is rumored as slated for demolition.