Setups for shots of an artist’s book titled Any Number of Things, about the death of Captain James Cook. The book is in the form of a poem printed on a 10-foot scroll; the scroll is encased in a glass bottle, which is balanced on a dish printed with a calligraphic portrait of Cook. The book was published by the Ohio State University Libraries’ Logan Elm Press.
The elements of the artist’s book, in addition to the glass bottle and wooden cork:
Once the requested shots were done, I just started playing with different setups. The effort involved in producing a very tightly prescribed image seems to build up a lot of creative energy that doesn’t entirely find its outlet within the parameters of the job. So most projects end with at least a brief “play” phase. Sometimes the images end up getting used in the project, sometimes not.