I can’t live without my notebook. I keep it open on my desk at the office and scribble dozens of random numbers/thoughts/tasks on it throughout the day - from wire transfers I have to send to doodling while I’m on the phone with my grandmother for 30 minutes without having a chance to say a single word. It’s the type of tool that can’t be replaced by my iPhone’s notepad…
When I saw this post by Gaws I knew I had to get something like that printed. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how to get this done easily in a single edition, so I went for the next best thing - a notebook slip cover in a standard Moleskine size. I sent the photo to http://www.engraveyourbook.com/ and ordered it on one of the natural covers as just the engraved phrase along with my initials on the back. A few weeks later and this is what showed up at my door. Even though the black leather would’ve looked more appropriate given the tone and dryness of the title, I decided for the natural tan leather for its future color and marks. I can’t wait for the light brown to wear in and darken with age, it’ll proceed to look better and gain character, and not disappoint.
Six thickly bound books make up this typical block of Philadelphia row homes, reflecting my interest in the hidden stories of my own neighborhood. In any community there is significance, meaning, and sometimes tension between who lives next to whom, much like books on a shelf. I use the book form as a metaphor, implying that there are stories here. Each carefully embroidered brick begs a closer look, an investigation of those stories. The altered books that comprise the text blocks vary in their content, though the narrative cannot be read from cover to cover. The stories of this community are found in the relationships between the books.
Wildlife photographer Patrick Castleberry spent 15 minutes watching this South American alligator try to prise open a turtle’s shell at the Okefenokee Swanp in Georgia. “I was taking shots of a great heron and saw out the corner of my eye what looked like a ball bouncing beside the water,” explains Patrick. “I quickly realised what it was and thought the alligator was going to win in the end at cracking the shell. When he finally gave up I walked over to the turtle expecting it to be dead and was amazed to find it quite alive and on its back. I flipped it over and it scrambled into the water.”