Number eleven in a series of amateur photos in which Erik Kessels looks at the photography of the ordinary – or on closer inspection perhaps the not quite so ordinary.
This volume consists of photographs from Fred and Valerie, a couple from Florida with a passion for water. Fred takes the photos and Valerie poses in and with the water, first in a swimsuit, then in the rain, soon standing in water fully dressed. What possesses them? And how extraordinary that we feel drawn into it all.
The book’s concept is a simple one: the page-filling photos on the right, the unpretentious titles on the left, the images on sturdy glossy paper. On the cover two fascinating pictures, again bled off, one on the front, the other on the back, no text.
What also struck us was the book’s smell, a plasticky odour as of water wings. Or was it the scent of fresh print? Either way, it suited the subject, so we assumed it was intentional. Inside the book there was a postcard with a photo of Valerie entering the water holding a copy of the book. A waterproof book – for the subject, it’s brilliant!