4.3 Light in the Shadows of T’ien Shan

Book Concept

Basic ideas: fragility? nostalgia. Light shadow contrast. Mystery of BW. Grungy drama like Bridge.

Much more play on light, shadow, texture and abstraction. But still giving a feel for life in Baizakh.

Should be attractive for Kyrgyz as well as international audience. And affordable.

Baizakh Black and White: original
Blurb 2017

The Original Blurb book for Landscape Photography done in Lightroom Book module. !! need to do annotations. This was printed as a hardcover landscape format photobook on Prolene Pearl paper. Text was limited to the inside flap of the back cover. 25x20cm 42 pages costing currently around £35 without discount or postage – probably around £20. Print quality was generally good, but the photos lacked depth or texture and were sometimes too dark, and the layout was not very inspired.

Inspiration

Influence Lithuanian photography, Atget/Brassai Paris and Photobook from Kettles Yard.

!! Insert pages from Photobook logbook

Image Explorations

texture abstractions. Linocut, charcoal, graphite. SolarPlate, Drypoint.

Finding Texts

Poetry? Books?

Segoe font. Has slight Chinese/Oriental look

Light in the Shadows of T’ien Shan 1:
Landscape format Black and White

Revised landscape version with re ordering of photos, processing in Silver FX to give more targeted detail and contrast. 25x20cm 42 pages costing currently around £35 without discount or postage – probably around £20. I left out the photos of people. But needs more consistency and better juxtaposition.

!! slideshow needs to be annotated.

Light in the Shadows of T’ien Shan 2:
Square format black and white

This version is inspired by the Kettles Yard book with much more subtle light and shade and more abstraction. The abstraction is enhanced by using square images in square format with large white margin, and careful juxtaposition of images. Focus is on landscape and textures.

18 cm square, 62 pages with hard cover and image wrap on premium lustre paper is £30 without discount or postage. So £20 with Blurb discount offer and small profit margin.

Light in the Shadows of T’ien Shan 3:
Square format sepia

Inspired by Lithuania book. But I could make these images more contrasty and textured as sepia images. With slight duo-toning. Contrasting warm and cool. 18 cm square 66 pages £30 around £20 with Blurb discount offer and small profit margin.

!! Still to annotate the pages.