FINDING BEAUTY IN ABANDONMENT | TUCSON, AZ © 2011
One of my favorite pastimes is taking random photos while walking my dog. I'm a fan of vernacular photography, abandoned places, and un-staged compositions. This project is an homage to the places that people seemed to have forgotten.
CRIMINAL | INSPIRED BY STYLISH MUGSHOTS
I'm a bit of a true crime and unsolved mystery addict. I came across some fascinating photos of real-life criminals from Australia in the 1920s. These particular offenders were allowed to strike their own pose for their mugshots, and the results were very interesting, and even seductive in some cases.
I SAW A MURDER OF CROWS
I have a special affinity for corvids, specifically crows and ravens. I have formed a sort of friendship with a family of crows that live in my neighborhood—this handmade book is inspired by them.
Inspired buy vintage children book covers and pulp detective novels, I used the recognizable silhouette of the crow to create the composition, and the white smoke to highlight and frame the title. I used Vollkorn for the typeface because it reminds me of a 1930s old book cover title.
I've been studying my neighborhood crows since March of 2013, when I randomly heard a crow cawing outside of my house. I tossed out a piece of slightly stale bread, and the crow came to inspect it, and eventually flew away with it. About 30 minutes later, I heard him again, this time perched on the fence in my backyard. I continued to periodically give him snacks. Soon he brought his mate. In early May, they introduced me to their new fledgling. They continue to visit regularly to see if I have left them any snacks. They follow me and my husband when we walk our dog, sometimes doing low fly-bys, or suddenly showing up out of seemingly nowhere, and 'chirping' to let us know of their presence.
For this image, I used a couple of photos that I have taken of my neighborhood crows, simplifying the shapes to almost abstract.
First I sketched out some crow images, using photos I took and online sources. Then I created thumbnails for the book. I used Photoshop and Illustrator to create my images, and laid out the pages in InDesign.