Thursday, 8 October 2015

Paul Gaffney: One Day, Three Shoots, One Book





Paul Gaffney will be talking at  Sound, Word and Landscape: Beyond the Visual at the SouthBank Club, Bristol

November 7th: 12:00 - 19:00 

Buy Tickets here





A year ago, Paul Gaffney went to Belgium for Three Days in Tharoul, an event where editor, photographer and publisher Fabrice Wagner invites a photographer, a writer, a bookmaker, a printer, to make a book in the house of Philippe Malcorps, deep in the Belgian countryside.

Last year the photographer was the photographer was Paul Gaffney, the bookmaker was Pierre Liebaert, and I was the writer. 




It was a magical event filled with fine wine, fine beer and fine music. Very special people in a very special setting. A one off, I've never experienced anything quite like it. 



They call it Three Days in Tharoul, but for Paul Gaffney, to photograph, it was more like one day; 24 hours, 3 shoots, And then the editing, and then the printing, and then the making of one book, a unique object that stays in the house. 





It was very precious, but in a good way. I followed Paul around as he photographed, delving into the forest, following the trails where the wild boar roamed, tracing their paths, searching for their dens in the rain and the mist. He'd find a smeuse  and he'd follow it, leaving me behind. And then he'd come back with his images; the first edit - not too sure, the second edit - taking shape, the final edit - shifted and sequenced, back and forth, feeling his way into the story, into the forest, into the boar's den, an example of Arnold's Berleant's...

'... participatory approach to landscape in which the artist, environment and viewer are considered to be in continuous dialogue with each other...'

It was quite something, a way of working where nothing is certain, where the unconscious, the lizard brain comes alive through walking, through photography, through a particular mental state. 






And that's a way of working that he has in his new work, Stray. The book is out soon. Will it be ready in time for Sound, Word and Landscape? I hope so.



Paul Gaffney will be talking at  Sound, Word and Landscape: Beyond the Visual at the SouthBank Club, Bristol

November 7th: 12:00 - 19:00 

Buy Tickets here

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