September 21, 2011

The Paper Stacks Project

Seth Apter, 2011

Earlier this month, Seth Apter posted the above image on his Facebook page. A reader suggested that he should set up a collaborative project on his blog, The Altered Page, where those who wanted could share images of their "stacks".

Always one to oblige, Seth has done just that! Today, Wednesday, September 21st he is hosting "The Paper Stacks Project" where 70+ artists are sharing their stacks! As one of those who elected to participate, I went back to some of my "stacks" of images and pulled out these three. I had taken them of a book that I used for one of Seth's earlier projects, "Decomposition". The book had gloriously fallen apart after spending three summer months hanging outside...and as I slowly unbound the book, I took photos of what revealed itself. Then...I stored the book...and these images until a time when I could best use them.

The images were taken using my Nikon D90 camera and I always shoot and save at the "RAW" setting. What you see below is after a bit of Photoshop magic where I cropped, filtered, and layered to achieve the "moment" I was after. I decided to go after a mysterious, subtle feel...a change from the in-the-face grunge images I've been doing as of late. 

The Paper Stacks Project

Book 20, David Hayes, 2011

Book 21, David Hayes, 2011

Book 25, David Hayes, 2011

So there they are, my Stacks. While I see room for improvement in all three images, I'm pretty happy with what turned out. I might just put my iPhone camera down more often and pick up my Nikon!!

My thanks to Seth Apter for hosting this wonderful opportunity for all of us to share our works. Seth...you are the greatest!!




38 comments:

amyd said...

three compelling images...you don't even think they are books...and love the B&W...

Seth said...

Sensational images. The first two look like gorgeous abstract paintings and the last one looks like an ancient, re-discovered book. I say keep the photos just as they are.

Dianne said...

marvelously photographed stacks of pages...

Susan Garman said...

Thanks for sharing. I'm in the process of starting an altered book project and your photos give me an idea of what to expect when I start deconstructing my book.

fairyrocks said...

Stunning photo ops!! Wow frameable art for sure.
Keep smiling and creating

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

i enjoyed the quiet beauty of your stacks. the whisper of black and white is lovely

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

You have captured a wonderful essence here, love the black and white. xox

Amanda said...

book bindings, so tactile

donnaj said...

i loved the pictures-i love the look of a book that's been gutted-and waiting to be turned into something new~stunning photo's.

quinncreative said...

Black and white stacks of pages--the bare bones of spiritual growth. Use that iPhone, the best camera is the one you have with you!

La Dolce Vita said...

works of art... absolutely!

Dave said...

Thanks everyone! Your comments are making a rainy, cold day bright and warm!!!

@quinncreative ~ don't worry, my iPhone is never far from me...I use it constantly!! The joke on myself is that for these pics...I didn't!!

April Cole said...

Great photos, thank you for sharing your "stacks" :]

Julie said...

Hi Dave.. NICE. Love the black and white conversion on these...great images!!

~*~Patty S said...

the black n white adds such drama to these gorgeous pieces...wonderful stacks you have there!

Stack On!

Robin said...

Love the way you photographed these...awesome artwork in itself...amazing black and white photography...Love it...and great stack, very unique..!

teri said...

It took me a bit of time to figure out what I was looking at, and then loved the aha moment. Wonderful bit of work.

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Great photos...love the sensual feeling of all the textures.

Holly Dean said...

Beautiful, artful compositions, Dave! They are eminently frameable. One project is morphing into another. I love it!

Itaya Art said...

So lovely! I love everything about books, even when they are quietly falling apart. You've captured the process in a beautiful and artful way. :)

Dave said...

Again, thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments!! I hope to get to everyone's blogs soon!!

alteredbits said...

your photos are gorgeous! and yes, your nikon rocks! loving all of the wonderful texture and wear. fabulous!

and thank you so much for getting me in gear today!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Unbelievable gorgeous what you can do with Raw and Photoshop. These images are fantastic.

Svetlana said...

Fantastic photographs. You have captured everything that makes old books: grunginess, texture and exciting mystic.

Andria said...

Artful photos. I read about Seth's decomposition project in a magazine, and it is interesting to see your results!

Trudi Sissons said...

What a pleasure to have Seth's list to wander through to find new and compelling blogs with artists like you inside of them!!! The last two images are gallery-worthy without a doubt ! I can't imagine what needs to be tweeked any further - the composition, filters, contrast, etc. are magical as is your subject. Decomposition was one of my all time favorite projects and made me look forward to inclimate weather. You've also prompted me to get to know my Nikon D90 better...it's just so easy to still grab my point and shoot. Thanks Dave!

jgr said...

Stunning photos, so quiet and sophisticated . . . and I love the mesh texture on the first two.

Jill Zaheer said...

Wonderful photos of your stacks. Striking artwork that you've created! Thanks for taking the time to visit my stacks as well!

audrey said...

I love these unique images. VERY nice.
audrey

Marit said...

You just remind me of the fact that I have a small stack of papers laying around somewhere from the exact same project... You made them into abstract art and I love the photos! Don't edit them more, their perfect this way!

Bill said...

I haven't been making my way around to the blogs for a couple of days. I'm glad I caught up to yours. The photos are fascinating! The textures are fantastic!

Sparkleblue Faery said...

Very calming and quite the opposite of mine. :) I like the meditative quality of the black and white. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.
Peace,
Karis

jaeartworks said...

keep them as they are...they're great!

NM_Creatrix said...

Great Stacks!! Thanks for the comment on mine and keep up the Art. I saw a statement about this woman's "artological" clock ticking... Love the image that bring up

Tammy Freiborg said...

Amazing treasure in your stacks! Hanging a book outside for three years is testament to a patient, expermental being.

Lenna Young Andrews said...

Thank you, dave. i really like the last photo of book 25 with the weathered stacks of paper.

Wen Redmond said...

They remind me of ancient books. A treasure trove of knowledge from the past

Dayna Collins said...

Ooolala! I love the decomposed book images and in black and white they are very graphic.