This is my product for Photo Book Project.
(I don’t know why but I couldn’t upload my photos on this blog, so I posted them to my site and linked to them below.)
For this Book Project, our class had the same theme as Photo Essay Project. Since I finished my Photo Essay with “Texture”, my book naturally has the same theme.
I named this book “You can’t touch this”. There are no captions for each photo, I only put this statement inside of the cover, as an introduction.
More than twenty years ago, a certain hit tune of M.C.Hammer had hailed around the world. A Japanese little girl also loved it, and interpreted the lyric; “Anything essential coolness is untouchable to your hands, because it’s always intangible.”
Since then, I have been fascinated to release a shutter to it. Something far away, something over the fence, something only visible in a finder. Something tactile but not touchable. All photographs in this book were taken in New York City 2015, and have a kind of texture. Unkempt plants, stickers placed by hands, or old trodden lacking pavements. We can see some patterns and orders in them, but it’s not with a computer-measured neatness. An error attracts us to touch it, just like a hole in a hand-knitting sweater.
But you, and even I, can’t touch this. These are all tactile things that you can only feel its beauty through printed pictures.
I used a technique of accordion folding, and chose red and black cardboard to the cover page. All I focused on was “Texture”.
These are some of mock-ups, which were made by recycled paper, small sticky tabs, a cardboard which picked up from the refuse room of my apartment.