Hans Bol

On My Doorstep

Book coverOn My Doorstep
Book coverOn My Doorstep
Book coverOn My Doorstep
Book coverOn My Doorstep

Love of the small and the close are bound up in the very fibres of this fragile, intimate book. From the thin, 52-gramme paper with a natural look and soft touch, to the Japanese binding and the small format – everything about this project breathes sensitive attention to detail. The photos fit in a tradition of romantic nature photography but with a subtle twist, which stops the whole becoming clichéd. The black-and-white illustrations, printed in duotone, lend the entire book a classic look. Nevertheless, thanks in part to the papers chosen, the binding and the absence of page numbers, this book makes a fresh, contemporary impression. The Japanese binding technique is used to good effect – with photos that often run onto the next page, giving the reader the sensation of standing in the middle of the landscape depicted. An attractive visual rhythm is created by the interplay of images of different sizes – from single pictures that fill a whole spread to combinations of images across the page with smaller images alongside them. The printing and lithography have been carried out with great skill: achieving contrast on this paper demands the right amount of ink. A disadvantage of this can be that some images that contain a great deal of subtle detail can ‘clog up’, a pitfall skilfully avoided here. The cover is also attractive, with the front and rear boards forming a photographic diptych and the title and author’s name appearing only on the spine. A modest plea for the gentle, vulnerable and poetic.

Edition: 2022
Date of publication: November 2022
Language: English, Dutch
Translator: Sherry Macdonald
Final editor: Hans Bol
Image editor: Hans Bol
Photographer: Hans Bol
Artist: Hans Bol (text: Tijs Goldschmidt)
Publisher: Recto Verso Publications, Ooij
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Hans Bol (Ooij)
Lithographer: robstolk® (Alex Feenstra), Amsterdam
Printer: robstolk®, Amsterdam
Binder: Agia, Amsterdam
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 250 x 168 x 11 mm
Number of pages: 120
Print run: 700
Price: € 63
ISBN: 9789080876781
Font and foundry: Questa Sans (The Questa Project)
Binding style: Sewn softcover, Japanese binding in Otastar®, cover with flaps, cold-glued
Paper for interior (grammage): 52gsm Biotope GA-FS cotton white, 81gsm NT Rasha 576983, Takeo
Endpapers (grammage): 198gsm Satogami Olive, Takeo
Material cover (grammage): 240gsm Munken Pure, Antalis
Special features: Cover printed in black and Pantone 405 (grey), interior printed in black, Pantone 405 (grey) and Pantone 877 (silver)