TAYLOR DEUPREE "SEA LAST" UPDATE
July 09 2008
an update on the forthcoming "Sea Last" project.
"Sea Last" is a book and a CD. limited to only 238 copies, each book printing is unique: each contains one of the actual photographs from the book. Because each one comes with a different photograph i will be posting a PDF with the entire collection of images and then taking pre-orders. Each copy will be on a first-come-first-serve basis and i will recommend people submit 2nd or 3rd choices as well, because the photograph you want may be taken already. i will also be constantly updating the PDF on the website to indicate which copies are still available.
here is the introduction to the book, which will explain a bit what the project is about. Pre-orders will happen within the coming weeks.
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Sea Last is about time and memory – how one place, so familiar and such a part of one's life, can be so different year after year, and yet remain seemingly unchanged. Sea Last was created as a two-part project consisting of photography and a sound piece, with this book being the final materialization – one unique object in a limited edition.
Sea Last was inspired by the stillness and timelessness of the ocean. The photographs were taken on a beach in Venice, Florida that I have been visiting every year of my life since I was born. The place is intensely familiar to me, yet the tides and power of the ocean change the landscape every year. It is always the same, yet constantly changing. I am drawn by the early mornings, the emptiness of the beach, and the quiet water, and often use this time for creative inspiration.
For the photography, I wanted to use a low-quality camera, in this case a plastic Holga with a Polaroid back, whose idiosyncrasies and "faults" add an element of randomness and decay to the imagery, mimicking the erosion of time and memory. Additionally, the scanning of the photographs brought out flaws on the surface, such as dust and streaked chemical developer, which I made a point of not completely removing, so that the process of digitizing added an additional layer of imperfection and unpredictability. Of the roughly 300 sheets of film I shot, there were 238 images that I deemed usable.
The musical portion of Sea Last. is released on a 3" CD containing one roughly 19-minute piece. It is quiet and slow, gentle and empty, like the mornings at the water.
In each Sea Last book printed, there is one missing image. In its place you will find a sleeve containing the original photograph for that page as well as the CD. Every printed book is missing a different image, making each copy unique and by default limiting the entire production to 238.
Because all of the original photographs will be dispersed throughout the world, this book also serves as a document of the complete project. The images are presented chronologically, in the order in which they were taken, between April 24 and 28, 2008. The page numbering corresponds with the individual CD edition numbers. The music was composed in June of 2008 in my studio in upstate New York.