Cartographies is a series of photographs shot in the streets of New York. Its focus lies on reducing visual information to a minimum: creases, sweat stains or even dirt, are the only hints one can see. They might recall drapery, the depiction of folds of cloth in sculpture or painting, yet in a contemporary, everyday manner. In fact, these photographs tell us about an employee’s day at the desk, a commuter’s routine on the subway or a workman’s shift. These few traces, along the folds of the different clothing, become impressions of everyday lives, eventually cartographies of everyone’s journeys.
The book will be a large-format, elastic bound, soft back publication. Its layout juxtaposes detailed full bleed images, printed on whole signatures, together with the original crops of the series interleaved by coloured Japanese papers. The middle signature features a short text by Los Angeles based curator Colin Westerbeck, followed by a time-coded image index. In fact, the title page anticipates the timespan (10 AM – 7 PM) in which the photographs were shot, underlining the daily routine of the series. An elastic band keeps together the large sheets, allowing the book to be perceived as a quotidian printed matter.
This project has been successfully funded with a Kickstarter campaign and is scheduled to be released in November 2020.
Louis De Belle
2020 | English / Italian
32 × 23 cm, 40 pages