"And then, without explanation, the messages started to appear", begins this collection of inter-connected photographs and stories. Anonymous and mysterious communications appear to the narrator of this strange story, some in the form of photographs, some in the form of letters in the mail, some in less finite forms. As these continue, the reader gets more hints about the narrator's life, past, losses. Are the messages real, and if so, who is sending them? Over the course of the following winter, the messages take the narrator on an emotional journey.
I'm making a book called "Eleven Snows". Not easily genre-fied, it's part photo book, part coffee table book, part fictional narrative. The photographs are part figurative, part still life, part story-telling: Closeup images of quiet places, abandoned spaces, with a hint (or more) of the human figure. Introduced into each scene is a single word, stamped (pre-photography) onto skin, walls, leaves, etc using small letter stamps. Of the texts that accompany the photos, some consist only of mysterious messages, others hint at a larger story.
The story about the story: I've always made art both visual and verbal, but my successes have come more as a painter and photographer than as a writer. Over the last few years, I started working on a series of photography-based mixed media pieces, whose creative process carried with it a strong story-telling focus. As they progressed, I became more and more interested in the larger story that the entire body of work seemed to be suggesting to me: I began to see ways in which all of the images were connected, and were part of a larger narrative. So what began as an artistic experiment became a photographic project, which in turn became a story-telling project, and has ended up as "Eleven Snows".
"Eleven Snows" will be self-published. Your help will enable me to finish work on the book, and to get initial copies printed.
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