Horizontal book with spreads ranging from 2.5 inches to 37 inches.
This book houses Lavinia Greenlaw's "Night Photograph," a poem describing a boat's passage across a channel in the dark. I made the body during a quick workshop with Haller Brun Studio in Amsterdam and added the text in black vinyl later.
In the first half of this poem, we leave land and light behind. The speaker describes what cannot be seen, or can barely be seen. I gave this half of the book progressively decreasing page lengths to match the decreasing exposure to light.
Mid-poem (mid-channel, mid-photograph) fall the words “point of focus,” and from then on, the language reintroduces light, so the spreads grow larger.
To add to the fogginess, in the first half (decreasing visibility) the vinyl type is printed in reverse and must be read as a silhouette against the light. In the second half (increasing visibility) type is the right way around, easily legible on the front surface of each page.
The long, thin shape of the book references the “circular horizon” described in the poem. The materials emulate the layers of darkness: “gradual, familiar textures of black: eel skin, marble, smoke, oil.”