Artist books and prints
precious time is slipping away
hope it don’t rain all day
Chez Pierre has MOVED
maybe there will be a place to stop and rest awhile
beyond the horizon
salvation after a while
follow the river, it leads to the sea
Compositions is a boxed set of nine artist-made books. Each book is 9.5 x 8 inches and contains between 15 and 19 images. Images are pigment ink printed on Red River Palo Dura paper. Hard covers are linen and Epson Matte paper on book board. Edition limited to ? sets.
Each title is composed with a set of images that when brought together resonate and fall into a visual rhythm that somehow goes beyond the linear narrative. The images are from New England where I live and the southeastern states where I grew up and now visit. I see the photographs as a means of breaking these human spaces down into fragments and slowing down the celestial clock that never stops ticking. The recombining of images in books becomes a means of unlocking the human experience from each image, and in smallish and rather personal ways trying to understand my part of this mostly bewildering age of man.
My process moves back and forth between the conceptual and the visual as I photograph, edit, compose, and construct. I will see an image that in some intuitive way latches on to my attention and starts me to thinking, and soon I find myself with a dozen or so pictures spread out on the table. A thread of an idea starts to emerge, more pictures are required, and a visual and conceptual struggle ensues. At times and in ways that I do not fully understand a small degree of understanding of at least my own human experience comes to light. The process continues until a group of images starts to resonate in both the visual and thematic sense and a sequence of images emerges as a single composition.