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13 May 2013 @ 01:33 pm
Tattered And Torn  
Go buy this book.
“Dog- Eared” by Lauren Brace.

I’ve just recently written the introduction for a fascinating book of photographs by this young English photographer. We met in the streams through the wonder that is the internet machine. I was immediately drawn to her work as it perfectly dovetails with my own interests and is so similar to the jejune photography I engage in. Her book is called ‘Dog-Eared’ because it’s all detail photographs of books too damaged to remain in circulation in libraries. The shots are close, detailed and often pushed just beyond recognition, an eerie stillness drifting off the pages. To get a better feel of it I include a segment of my intro.

- “Dog Eared” is more than just a collection of textures, an appreciation of specific details and tactile attractions though. For her, each folded page, broken spine and tattered cover is akin to excavated fossils in the Olduvai Gorge of Gutenberg’s creation. The markings exist as archeological fragments that hold mysterious historic attraction. They clearly reflect the complex human/book relationship. “I see past the books themselves. I see the people that have read them, the people that loved them, the people on whom the book has made an impact”. A careless hand rumpled a segment of pages leaving them folded and worn. Here are deletion stamps, broken spines, pen marks, passing scuffs, inadvertent gouges and illustrations jaggedly ripped out. Each mark is a grave and each grave archives an aftermath, the shift from action to ghostly stigmata. Here walked hands now invisible though their impact is frozen in these spare compositions forever. Here we’re allowed to carefully study this host of average ghosts and imagine the people that created them as they studied intently at countless desks, hunched quietly in the back rows of riotous Night Buses or curled up furtively with a flashlight under the duvet. Through these photographs too we catch a fleeting glimpse of the future of all books, of this very collection, the coming attrition waiting patiently just out of sight in the haze of the near-future."

I’ve been meaning to post about this for a week now, but life keeps getting in the way.

Her web site is here and you can buy the book directly from her. If you’re in London and surrounds there’s a show of her work coming up in June, details on the site as well.
Stay ragged!
Current Location: the spine
Current Mood: folded
Current Music: Book Of Days