Lying Still is a project that examines the female identity, sexuality and the ever-evolving structure of womanhood. Using original still life, portraits and found press imagery from the 50s and 60s of natural disasters, women performing and modelling for the camera, photographer Birthe Piontek aims to illustrate the psychological landscape of being a woman.
Handmade edition of five. 9x11.5 inches, 129 pages, 21 black and white, 42 color images, hardcover in genuine leather with silver letterpress.
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The Idea of North
The Idea of North is the culmination of a project that began while the photographer was at a ten-week artists' residency at the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture in Dawson City, located in the Yukon Territory. A town known for its rough exterior, Dawson City attracts people interested in an alternative way of living and as a former Gold mining town holds its fair share of dark secrets. Piontek's photographs engage an underlying dark tone that is consistent throughout this series. Unique portraits, dark interiors and landscapes weave together to capture an essence of a place, an essence that many may not want to find themselves living near, but to those who do, Dawson City is a haven of sorts. The photographs in this series are an absorbing account of the photographer's ability to not only document a specific place, but to transform this collection into her own notion of North.
Sub Rosa takes us by the hand to lead us back to a magical, mystical place; like a sneak peek behind doors we thought had been closed behind us forever. We catch a glimpse of the unplumbed depth of human souls concealed behind innocent faces and intimate moments, which seem to have originated from our own memories.
Accordion book, 5x6 inches, 16 pages, soft cover, 15 color images