" . . . a tight strong edit. This is a mature work, and creates its own vocabulary, which is what we all wanna do." - Timothy Archibald, photographer
"These images of yours are as always remarkably tender and yet offer a subtle warning." - Michael Schreier, photographer
AFTER THE FACT - a photobook
After two years of shooting and 4 months spent editing and sequencing, I‘m left with the 46 photographs that make up my latest project: After the Fact.
After the Fact combines portraits, tableaux and landscapes into an open-ended narrative arc, one that evokes the feelings of anxiety that lurk behind the facade of the everyday. It points to the regression that’s in the air, to our increasing uncertainty and fear and to the changing political and physical climates that we find ourselves in these days. As well, through certain repetitions and echos, the work hints at the cyclical nature of time and history.
The people, places and things depicted are all real, in the sense that they existed in front of my lens. But the work isn’t about those specific locations or demographics. The photographs in After the Fact aren’t really facts at all . . . they’re slices of time and space that have been recontextualized in order to point to a possibility. In other words, this project is a work of fiction.
After the Fact was conceived to be a book, a sequence of photographs, taken as a whole, seen in order. After many many iterations of the dummy I’ve finally arrived at a look and feel that seems right. All that remains is to fine tune the design and take it to the printer. Not to mention, of course, getting it into your hands and out into the public where I hope it will provoke thinking and discussion. You can make that happen by supporting this project. There’s lots of rewards to choose from and you can also help by sharing this project on social media and with your family and friends.
These words, by Bertholt Brecht, neatly invoke the thinking and motivation, the meaning and feeling behind After the Fact . . .
“In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times".
Risks and challenges
The images and edit/sequence that comprise the work have all been completed. The only remaining task is to nail down the final design of After the Fact.
I'm pretty sure the book will be 8.5 x 11 inches, 88 pages and 46 photographs. This may change a bit once the design is decided upon. It will be printed in an edition of 200 on an HP Indigo digital press, which does a beautiful job of rendering the photographs. The cover will be Tango SC2 14 point and the inside pages be printed on Futura Dull 100lb Text . . . very nice paper. The binding will be Smyth sewn, which allows the pages to lay flat, eliminating any weird gutter problems on double page spreads.
It will be printed by St Joseph, here in Ottawa . . . a printer I have used before, so I don't expect any problems or surprises.
So there really are no risks for you. The only challenge (for me) is to raise the funds to make this happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (29 days)