“Vanishing Venice is a beautifully produced, small edition (1500) fine art photography book containing forty images, and poetic text and calligraphic illustrations by Carolyn Carlson, a prominent dance figure in both Paris and Venice. Hal and Carolyn share a heartfelt love of dance and Venice, and a mutual concern for the city’s long-term well-being.”
Vanishing Venice captures this city’s exquisite architecture and pulsing rhythms. It is an ode to a uniquely beautiful city threatened by rising tides, crumbling foundations, and the crush of crowds, and the photographs become an ethereal dance with Venetian dancers. This book also includes a signed 12×12 fine art print of image #40, suitable for framing.
“The Dancessence fine art dance photography book contains thirty-two images exploring the pure heart of feminine dance and the exquisite sculpture of the dancers’ bodies: soft, strong, subtle, powerful, fluid, cursive, rhythmic, and elegant. The images were made in a studio in Carmel, California with dancers from the United States and Europe. The dancers were choreographed in stationary, sometimes horizontal positions, but imagined themselves in full movement, suspended in time and space. The images were made on a light absorbing background in total darkness using a manual 35mm SLR camera with a fine-grained, slow-speed color film. The camera shutter was held open in a long exposure while the dancers’ bodies were “painted” with a hand-held light source developed in collaboration with a fiber optic scientist from New Jersey Bell Laboratories. The film was scanned to a digital format, converted to black and white, and retouched, but not digitally manipulated. This process creates a softer, more painterly look to the images than is possible with conventional flash photography of moving dancers.”
Dancessence won the 2010 Independent Publisher award for Best Book Arts Craftsmanship. It has also been favorably reviewed by leading dance photographer Lois Greenfield; recognized photographers Howard Schatz and Joyce Tenneson; legendary dancer Anna Halprin; and choreographers Carolyn Carlson and Trey McIntyre.
The book was designed by Takigawa Design, Monterey, CA, and printed by Hemlock Printers in Vancouver, Canada, as a quintone in a 10-micron stochastic process on 65# uncoated cover paper. The book’s slipfolio cover paper was handmade in Khandbari, Nepal. The free-sliding slipfolio was hand fabricated in Phoenix, Arizona, using bamboo wood, a magnet, and a tipped-in print, and then screen printed.
High-quality limited edition digital pigment prints of the book’s images are available and made in collaboration with printer R. Mac Holbert.