Adumbratio Chapbooks

A chapbook has traditionally been defined as literature consisting chiefly of small pamphlets of popular tales, ballads, children’s stories, religious tracts, political tracts, nursery rhymes, folk tales, almanacs, and poetry. These small crude book initially came into use in the 1600 and 1700s and gradually disappeared in the mid to late 1800s.

The Chapbook has come back into use as a means for artists to share their work whether through the written word or the visual arts. The Adumbratio Chapbooks for purchase here are small bound books of images from larger bodies of work. Adumbratio is latin for “sketch” and in these books are a small collection of images created in a more intimate presentation.

The chapbooks measure approximately 8.5 by 5.5 inches and are all hand made. They are printed on archival pigment paper and are then hand stitched and cut to their final size. Each chapbook comes in a vellum envelope and is signed and numbered.

Each chapbook is $20, excluding shipping. The chapbooks offered below have a small pdf file prepared as a preview of the images contained in each book.

Please contact me if you desire to make a purchase of one of these handmade books!

Weston Beach Chapbook

Weston Beach is a small section of the Point Lobos State Reserve, just south of Carmel California. Point Lobos was made famous by Edward Weston, who made many of his iconic and lasting images of the coastal area. While both inspiring and a bit overwhelming it has been a challenge to make images of any lasting personal value in this ever changing place where land and sea meet. There is always something new and exciting when “edges” overlap. The chapbook contains 9 images collected from Weston Beach.

 

Download a free PDF preview of the Weston Beach Chapbook HERE.

 
Each Chapbook is signed and numbered. The cost for this Chapbook is $20 plus shipping.

DeRidder Antiques Chapbook

In the town of Forney, Texas, there was an amazing antique store called DeRidder Antiques. It was run by “Willie” the owner and proprietor of the most incredible collection of items I had seen gathered under one roof. This was a place I went back to several times over the years and made images of the life that was. It was a sad day when I noted the going out of business sign. This is a small collection of images from that was in many ways a time machine. The chapbook contains 7 images collected from DeRidder Antiques project.

 

Download a free PDF preview of the DeRidder Antiques Chapbook HERE.

 
Each Chapbook is signed and numbered. The cost for this Chapbook is $20 plus shipping.

Capparis Spinosa Chapbook

These images were made while I was deployed to Iraq in 2006 to 2007.  I was intrigued by the thorns, the foliage and the delicate white flowers. I determined the best time to get the flowers was early in the morning before the influx of personnel and vehicles. Once I was through with missions for the day I would go and make some images of the flowers as time permitted. These images are from those forays into the early morning or late afternoon. The flowers would bloom and then die by the end of the day. These plants seemed to exemplify the contrast that was the Iraq I experienced – delicate beauty in the midst of great heat, the fragile white blossoms in the midst of long sharp thorns, beauty in a dangerous world. The chapbook contains 7 images collected from Capparis Spinosa project.

 

Download a free PDF preview of the Capparis Spinosa Chapbook HERE.

 
Each Chapbook is signed and numbered. The cost for this Chapbook is $20 plus shipping.

Wild Cat Hill Nudes Chapbook

Over the years I have had the opportunity to attend various workshops on the Nude and to photograph various models. It has been rewarding from the standpoint of working with another artist who is just as committed to making art. The images presented here are from a workshop I attended at Wild Cat Hill hosted by Kim Weston in 2010.

During that intense 2 day experience the photographer has the opportunity to try and connect in a meaningful way with the model. Both the photographer and model bring a unique energy and experience to the session.

As to the reason for photographing the nude I have admired the work of Edward Weston and others over the years, to include Kim Weston. Each of us has a unique perspective and idea of what we desire to stress in the nude image – shape, form, light, softness, color, etc. The human form has been the subject of artists for as long as there has been tools to create art.The chapbook contains 8 images collected from Wild Cat Hill Nudes project.

 

Download a free PDF preview of the Wild Cat Hill Nudes Chapbook HERE.

 
Each Chapbook is signed and numbered. The cost for this Chapbook is $20 plus shipping.

Tulipa Chapbook

Tulipa (tulips) is a genus of spring-blooming perennial herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes, dying back after flowering to an underground storage bulb. Depending on the species, tulip plants can be between 4 inches and 28 inches high.

On this occasion I purchased some yellow tulips for my wife and we placed them in a vase on the kitchen table. Over the course of a couple of days the tulips started to open and to call to me! And so with great enthusiasm I moved the tulips from the kitchen table to my studio office. There I made several exposures, using both film and digital to create these images.

The more I exposures I made the more I was able to refine my vision and these are the resulting images. The chapbook contains 7 images collected from Tulipa project.

 

Download a free PDF preview of the Tulipa Chapbook HERE.

 
Each Chapbook is signed and numbered. The cost for this Chapbook is $20 plus shipping.

Soda Box Chapbook

While out photographing I was suddenly inspired to obtain an old wooden soda storage box and photograph the smaller items I often come upon while out photographing. I have a collection of items like shells, dried leaves and flowers I have kept over the years for possible use in a still life setting. While not all of these items resulted in time spent in front of my camera or in a photograph, they still were of interest to me due to the intricacies and beauty of the natural subject.

The images in this Chapbook are from a series of photographs I made of the various items I found, whether as an isolated subject or as a collage. The soda box provided a wonderful backdrop to photograph either a single subject in isolation or tie together various subjects in multiple holes.

The chapbook contains 8 images collected from Soda Box project.

 
Download a free PDF preview of the Soda Box Chapbook HERE. Each Chapbook is signed and numbered.

Iraq Still Life Chapbook

My time in the Army sent me to Iraq. It was a volatile time to say the least while I was deployed. While there I photographed not just the people (images that can be found in the gallery section and the book section) I also had the opportunity to photograph some inspiring still life given the circumstances I found myself in.

The images in this Chapbook were made during the few times I had some down time and it was safe to do so. Most were from the buildings we were using or places we occupied with the Local Nationals.

The chapbook contains 8 images collected from Iraq while on deployment in 2006 to 2007.

 
Download a free PDF preview of the Iraq Still Life Chapbook HERE. Each Chapbook is signed and numbered.

Caesalpinia Gilliesei Chapbook

I have always been intrigued by the intricate detail and diversity found in all things botanical. The images of the Caesalpinia Gilliesei are no exception. Dubbed the Yellow Bird of Paradise, this is actually a transplant here to Texas from Argentina. We planted a bush here in our yard and within a short period of time plant was covered in fragrant delicate blooms.

The images in this chapbook are a selection of 8 photographs that depict the delicate, intricate, and transient nature of the flowers. The life cycle of the blooms is short and once removed from the main plant quickly begin to shrivel and die.

Download a free PDF preview of the Caesalpinia Gilliesei Chapbook HERE. Each Chapbook is signed and numbered.

   

 

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