Sticking with my photography/writing themed posts, I bring to you these images by photographer Rachel Phillips. Her series Field Notes is comprised of paper houses that she constructed from letters, postcards and envelopes that she found in old shoe boxes in her grandparent’s attic. She took the process a step further by printing images directly onto the vintage envelopes – each envelope now becomes a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Old stamps, script and cursive penmanship, and dates – going back as far as the 1800’s stand out for me. She brings new life to what was once the only way to contact a loved one, or reply to a message, or pay a bill. Remember those days?
There have been a number of great book covers that I have come across in the past year. I have also noticed a nice shift to photography on covers, both actual photographic images or references to photography – rather than just illustrations.
Here are two such examples:
In Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto, the image on the front is a classic medium format Rolleiflex twin-lens camera. In place of the brand name Rolleiflex, they replaced it with ‘A NOVEL’.
Now and Then by Alex Gross includes a painted cabinet card on the cover. Gross would find vintage cards and paint on them creating new, fictional charters out of real people – some inspired from movies like Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz, superheroes and even Bozo The Clown has made an appearance. Check out his website to see more.