Water, Fire and Air

Symbolising the moment of creation

Symbolising the moment of creation

The fiery skies, water, dark and deep, and suspended in Air a symbol of a DNA strand  in the  three-dimensional Möbius triangle , each cube reflecting the whole , each triangle being the whole: Air, Water and Fire, for some the basic elements of creation.

A fanciful connection

Wagner in the middle

Wagner in the middle

As part of my present job at Henry Sotheran Ltd, the longest established antiquarian booksellers in the world (York 1761), I get to design the catalogues. In this particular occasion we had a beautiful collection of engraved books of  Wagner’s operas for the Performing Arts catalogue. A colleague as a challenge said: I dare you include Wagner and the Beatles as a cover design.

I came up with the above design: Siegfried and the iconic representation of the Beatles by Richard Avedon in the form of a postcard.

Mimicking a record sleeve

Album cover mockupIt was suggested that for the cover of a large collection of pop memorabilia I should reproduce a version of the album cover for  The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars. I went around the narrow streets around Brewer Street in central London  taking pictures of walls, street lamps and rubbish bags. I found the image of David Bowie in a newspaper…

Carbon printing inspiration

Shape-1

Form 1

Shape

Form 2

Landscape

Form 3

Colinas

Form 4

When I took this photographs I had seen some wonderful, dark and moody carbon prints.

I have also attempted to capture the contours of  the Andean landscape with this in mind. You can find some of them here: Landscapes.

Gran Poder: a colourful festival

Gran Poder book cover

It is difficult to imagine a cultural event such as the festival represented in this book if one has not previously witnessed a similar  Andean religious/folkloric manifestation. What catches the eye is the abundance of vivid colour as the groups dance their way down from the streets on the hillside  to the commercial centre of the city of La Paz in an organised and relentless fashion, singing to the sound of wind instruments, cymbals and large bass drums. The parade begins early in the morning, at about 6:30 with the votive offering to the Ancestors to end past midnight. There were about 40,000 participants representing 16 types of dances when I witnessed this event.

The origin of the celebration of Jesus of The Great Power dates back to December 8, 1663, with the foundation of the convent of the Immaculate Conception and sister Genoveva Carrión who brought the image of the three-faced Jesus representing the Holy Trinity. Interestingly enough Pope Benedict VI banned this image in the XVIII century.

There is much to be said about this cultural event: the modality of Andean faith,  community spirit, the Ayllu concept, etc. etc.  but perhaps this is not the place to expand.

This e-book can be found at: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47368164/granpoder/index.html (the reader might take a little time to load…. please be patient)

Imágenes Paceñas

Imágenes Paceñas

Imágenes Paceñas

Para los hispano-parlantes (English text below) : el libro recientemente publicado de Imágenes paceñas  en su tercera edición.

Esta edición está siendo entregada a cada alumno de  secundaria en La Paz, gratis, por la Alcaldía paceña.

Esta version es en forma  de libro digital (e-book):

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47368164/imagenespacenas/index.html

For those that appreciate a bit of Latin American literature and culture, this book: Imágenes Paceñas refers to the city of La Paz it’s traditional places and people. The text was written by an outstanding author and luminary of Latin American literature: Jaime Saenz. (This Wikipedia article is not complete but will give you an idea of his character).

This third edition was sponsored by the municipality of La Paz and is being given to every high school student for free to enhance their appreciation of their city.

This link will take you to the book in an e-book form. There is no present English translation I am afraid, but at least you can look at the pictures:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47368164/imagenespacenas/index.html

Where ideas originate – 2

After Paul Nash

After Paul Nash from Landscapes and Dreams

I was paging Landscapes and Dreams by Paul Nash at the exhibition of his works at Dulwich Picture Gallery some time ago and liked the composition and concept of Landscape from a Dream (1936-38).

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