Tuesday, April 27, 2021

R. Clarke-Davis, A Book of Wander: Ebb (2019) & A Book of Wander: 16 Hours in San Francisco..., (2015-2020), Kiddy Viddy Press

A Book of Wander: Ebb, Kiddy Viddy Press, 2019

I was sitting in my living room the other week when I heard something drop through the mail box. Since the mailman had already been I assumed it was some kind of business or political propaganda. Well, it was neither, and instead it was another mystery drop from R. Clarke-Davis, who I now have come to consider as an 'itinerant' photographer, both in his photographic practice, and his mode of distribution of his works. 

These two photo-books illustrate well the 'itinerant' theme as both are products of travel to different locales, and they function somewhat like family albums with their own private grammar. However, travel and movement combined with moments of visual pleasure are really what seems to be animating these photo-book diaries and travelogues.  

What is particularly interesting about these two books is that they don't neatly fall into the category of 'accordion.' They certainly contain some features of the accordion, but the way they are folded creates other kinds of viewing modes. I'm sure there's a word for this combination of folds, but I have no idea what that might be! Either way, they are intriguing hybrids of the accordion format, combined with other folded variations.

Both publications: 16 pages, double-sided, individual pages 5.25" x 4.25." When fully unfolded the sheet of paper is 10" x 17" with three cuts. 

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A Book of Wander: 16 Hours in San Francisco, SOMA Tenderloin Presidio, 
Too Much Beer, Too Little Orange Juice, Kiddy Viddy Press, 2015-2020

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