Encounters is my new project that situates itself in Victorian High Plains. Like many mountain ranges, the region entices curiosity and adventure, a land where seasonal trends work in conjunction with seasonal activities, and the cycle, until recently, remained uninterrupted, the 2019 bushfires evidence of this.
My approach began with photographic investigations, a land previously observed from a close distance and one I assumed knowledge of. I set out on monthly multiday treks that spanned two- years. My assignment was to capture the landscape's seasonal transformation.
In the early phases of this project, my trajectory quickly changed; in field-work, reading the environment through a Eurocentric seasonal calendar proved ineffective, and the encounters with the macro and micro-environment exposed a new unseen landscape. Weather conditions, previously assumed, shifted without notice, and the changing transformation presented a unique environment of uncertainty and fragility.
What began with an investigation into ecology and geology quickly became self-reflective;
This publication, two years in the making presents the findings from the project, each describing a macro or micro encounter of the environment, and as a complete volume, the climatic anomalies taking place within the diverse landscape.
The book will be printed in Japan by Master Printers. My largest publication to date, 80 pages in length, consisting of a selection of fine Japanese papers, and co-designed with the extremely talented Japanese designer Goshi Uhira. To contribute towards the large printing costs, I am need pre-orders. As a special incentive, each pre-order will include an 8x10 inch fine art print, signed on the verso, this is only available for pre-orders. There are a variety of images you are able to choose from, each an essential work within the project, and book. In addition to the unique prints being offered with the standard edition, a special edition of the book will be produced, each will include a 17x22 inch print.
There are two to Pre-order options to choose from. 1. Stand edition pre-order $80 (8x10 inch print included)https://www.acb-press.com/encounters-book-pre-order
2. Special edition $400 (17x22 inch print included)There are two images to choose from for the special edition, each is an edition of 10, signed and numbered. https://www.acb-press.com/encountersspecialedition1https://www.acb-press.com/encountersspecialedition2
Book and print deliveries are expected in February.Please see this link to purchase. Please reach out with any questions.