Spain Up Close

Photographs, hand-made paper, oak

Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful. — A.R. Ammons

Before a recent trip to Spain I decided I wanted to make a different kind of trip photo album. Instead of the typical photographs one takes on vacation I decided I would take more intimate shots; I'd close the distance between the viewer and the subject matter. The photo album would have no text; the images would do all the narrating. With these close-up photographs I assumed that context would often be ambiguous, or even missing entirely, possibly making "place" unrecognizable. But would the intimacy of close-up photographs make up for this deficiency? Would someone viewing the album still get a taste of the Spain we saw on our trip, or would this shortened viewpoint give them a dratically altered or distorted view? And if so, was this necessarily a bad thing?

Production notes: This project consists of photographs mounted on hand-made paper. The sheets were gathered together and bound with two oak dowel pins. The two pins fit into two corresponding holes in an oak case. The hand-made paper was purchased but I constructed the oak case. Tools for the case construction included a drill press, table saw, sanders, and basic carpentry hand tools. The case has a tung oil finish.

spain book case The Spain book in its hand-made "bookcase."

spain book case back The back of the case.

book removed from case The book is secured to the case with two dowel pins.

spain book The Spain book removed from the case for viewing.

spain book opened A typical page.

Below are some of the images from the book.
bilbao ceiling reflection
gaudi3 sagrada pipes
mist mushroom lilac
camel window lion
cave art picasso dali
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