Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)

A playful exploration of objects that look like the moon,
which questions our perception vs. reality in photographs.

Project includes a hand-made photographic artist book and set of editioned prints.
All printed with cyanotype (no ink involved).

Next chance to view and purchase the book in person is:
PRC Boston’s Book Market. Saturday October 22, 1-5 PM
Lunder Arts Center 1801 Massachussetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Click HERE for more Book Market info.


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Short video and Artist Statement  below images:

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Front Cover

Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e
Mounted on 6.5 x 6.5” board

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Boston Globe Review

Mark Feeney’s August 10, 2022 review.

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Book Installation

PRC Boston Exposure 2022
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e
Text Block 6 x 192” accordion design

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Back Cover

Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e Mounted on 6.5 x 6.5” board.

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Endpaper 1

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Endpaper 2

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Title Page

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Colophon Page

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Statement 1

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Statement 2

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Project Statement 

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Another  Valentine

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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NiteLite Text

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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NiteLite

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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SoftBall Text

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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SoftBall 

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Human Cranium Text

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Human Cranium

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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ValentineText

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Valentine

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Carpet Ball Text

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Carpet Ball

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Tennis Ball Text

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Tennis Ball

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Cauliflower Text

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Cauliflower

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Swiss Cheese Text

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Swiss Cheese

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Ball of String Text

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Ball of String

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Cantaloupe Text

From Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
Cyanotype on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Cantaloupe

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Thats No(t the) Moon

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Hydrangea

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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BaseBall

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Ostrich Egg

5x4" Cyanotype on
10x8” Hahnemuhle Sumi-e

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Shooting Swiss Cheese

iPhone process image

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4x5” Negative and Contact Print

iPhone process image

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Printing an Early 6x18” Page Test

iPhone process image

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Halloween Costume 1969

Color Transparency

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Rendering to Indicate Size

Showing 8x10” - 32x40” mockups (36x48” coming soon)

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UltraViolet LED Exposure Table

Exposing 11x14” Print

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Photography Artist Book Initiative

Griffin Museum 2/28/22 - 6/4/22

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The Hand Magazine Page 10

Issue 35 - February 2022

Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)

A Playful look at ordinary (and not so ordinary) objects that look like the moon which explores our perception vs. reality in photographs.

Sixteen images in a hand-made photographic artist book with writing by the artist.
Accordion design. 46 pages in a hard cover.
Signed, limited edition of 50 + 5 APs. Current price $595.


Limited Edition Prints available in four sizes:

14x11” (10x8” image) in an edition of 5 + 1 AP.
     Prices start at $600
22x19” (19x15” image) in an edition of 10 + 1 AP.
     Prices start at $1200.
40x32” (38x28” image) printed on 4 16x20” sheets mounted together, in an edition of 3 + 1 AP.
      Prices start at $2400
 60x42” (52x42” image) printed on 6 - 16x20” sheets mounted together, in an edition of 2  + 1 AP.  
      Prices start at $3600

Total number of prints (editioned + APs) of each image, in all sizes, is 25.
All books and prints created using a classic cyanotype formula, on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e paper (no ink involved).

Prices as of 10/2/22. Not a guarantee of future pricing or availablility.

STATEMENT

In the 1960’s the moon was big and I was little.
In July 1969 I remember being on an airliner for the first time. It was the kind with propellers, that you climbed up a stairway on the tarmac to get into. I was five years old. My parents and I were flying to Rochester NY to visit Eastman Kodak to see how film was made. The pilot came on to announce that Apollo 11 had launched for the moon! There were two firsts on the same day: air travel for me and space travel for everyone.  I remember my father telling me that when I grew up I'd be able to travel to the moon as easily as we were traveling to Rochester in the air that day. As you can see in the photo above of my six year old self, I went Trick or Treating dressed as the moon that fall. I don’t have the costume anymore but I do still have the lunar orbiter and lander cutouts that I’m holding in the picture. I’ve been fascinated by the moon for a long time.

This project is about our perception vs. reality. The moment when we believe that something we see in a photograph is true enough to believe. What makes us decide? The Ball of String is round but it is obviously not the moon.  This Human Cranium is a bit closer, but we are not convinced.  Cantaloupe, though its surface has craters, is certainly not the moon. But NiteLite? The moment we see it we decide that, THAT IS the moon and all the others are imposters. In reality NiteLite is not the moon. It is a plastic ball with a light bulb in it. But it looks so much more like the moon than the rest that it becomes real and we, demanding truth, decide to believe.

Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon) started in 2018, with the gift of a night light in the shape of the moon. In December of that year I visited the NYPL exhibitions Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins where I saw her books printed with cyanotype and Anna Atkins Refracted: Contemporary Works, where I saw Eric William Carroll’s accordion fold book. I’d never seen anything like either artists’ books before. In the summer of 2019 the moon was big again, on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. I visited the Metropolitan Museum and saw Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the age of Photography.   It included Kiki Smith’s Tidal, another accordion book, this time with the moon as the subject. I remembered the moon night light and now knew how I wanted to shoot it. I started exposing on 4x5 Kodak TXP film for a nicely sized cyanotype contact print. A friend saw an early print of NiteLite and asked “Is that really the moon?” My response: “No, it looks like the moon but it’s not”inspired the title: Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon) and that title led to images of balls of string, cantaloupes, tennis balls and more.  

16 images and text are printed on 46 pages in an accordion design held in a hard cover. The text describes how I came to own the objects pictured, project statements and technical info. MOON is printed photographically using a classic cyanotype formula (no ink involved). The 4x5 images were cropped to fit the square format of the book.. The negatives to print the covers, endpapers, text blocks and other graphics were created in PhotoShop, using the Futura Medium font, and output onto Pictorico OHP film, which were also  contact printed using cyanotype. For more info about the bookmaking aspect of this project go to The MOON at  redbarnletterpress.com

MOON
can be experienced as a hand held book or as a sculptural object due to its accordion design. Pages can be turned as with a traditional binding or the text body can be laid out flat (it is 23 feet long that way). In addition, the cover can stand on its own and the text arranged in a variety of positions. The book is printed on Hahnemuhle Sumi-e which is a heavy tissue, brite white, strong and slightly translucent.  


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