Another week of treating my phone camera like a plastic toy camera. I had downloaded software for my Android phone a while ago that has different settings to emulate other camera types. Dave has dubbed these Fauxlaroids and the phone app adds the traditional SX70 border and greenish hue. I printed about a third of the pictures I took this week and made this book.
This week's book is an accordion on some leftover strips of printmaking paper. It's an long book. I was playing a solo version of the surrealist game exquisite corpse and focusing on letting the imagery flow from one panel to the next. That's a bit like playing chess with yourself, but I like the results.
The imagery is photocopy transfer. Marbled paper covers go well with the anatomical illustrations inside and I added a bit of the interior paper so that I could transfer an image on the front.
I took these pictures on a very rainy Thursday during my commute to and from San Francisco. Being disappointed when I use my phone camera to take documentary type photography, I decided to treat it like a plastic toy camera and play with it a little bit. The pages for the book were simply generated with Photoshop's contact sheet and I formatted the book according to the size I got with a 3 x 3 contact sheet. I spent an entire Friday, well into the wee hours of Saturday, cutting, scoring, folding...
I found a stack of Polaroid copies taken at Untitled's Heaven and Hell show in Nashville Tennessee. TTaken late at night after the opening and feature some of the artists acting silly. The cross was created by Lynn King for a Sister Nagster performance. The pictures are color copies on cottong paper and mounted on black pages. The covers are waxed Indian flotki paper backed with some of my own paste paper. Although it looks like a long stitched book, it is actually five pamphlet-stitched signatures with staggered holes. My first try at this simple, elegant binding.
The beautiful Japanese Tea Garden is always inspirational to me and I take multiple cameras when I go there. I recently scanned in a roll of pictures taken with my Lomo Fisheye camera during a fun trip to the garden last summer.
While working with these images, I found a new love for this camera. I'm especially enjoying the way it distorts trees and architecture. I'll have to carry it around a bit more often!
The book itself is a simple pamphlet book with some very organic brown paper for the covers- I think it's from elephant dung? Not sure, it was in the flat file.
I have an entire side of my fridge covered in word magnets. These surrealist toys have become so common I know Tzara would be thrilled! I love the spontaneity of this random, chaotic art form so much my most recent script comes from a collaged word poem- more on that project later...
Surrounded by the San Francisco bay, the Albany Bulb is one of my favorite places to shoot photos, movies, and just for general adventuring. I have already made a short run artist book, La Sonámbula, with images from the Bulb. These pictures were taken with my little point and shoot, quickly sorted, and printed double sided on a very soft 100% cotton paper. I did take the time to print the more random pictures on the backs so the more figurative images could be complete.
A panorama taken from twin peaks makes a nice test book for a modified carousel structure. Photo paper does not like to fold, so this book wants to sit open and circular which is appropriate with the subject matter. Local maps cover the boards and a soft navy paper covers the spine & the back of the photographs.
These pictures were taken through a screened window with my FX Camera app on my Android. The dark colors of night time combined with the bright streaks of light are bound into a hybrid signature binding.