Ravages of Time
Ravages of Time is an Artist Book created by black and white photographer Tom Lascell in collaboration with Drew Luan Matott, a paper and book artist. It is comprised of a series of twenty-four black and white photographs, plus cover and end pages, depicting the power of weather and time on man made structures and artifacts. Completed in the autumn of 2008, the artist book features both accordion and gate fold pages designed to be viewed one page at a time in a traditional manner, or by pulling out one of four accordion arrays, to view a 'gallery' or sequence of six images at a time. Viewers are also able to experience other arrays for viewing by selecting their own unique page fold options. The 8" x 8" x 1" square format is meant to be viewed closely in hand; the tactile feel of the handmade book and the unique page turns are as important as the images themselves. The images are from original silver gelatin prints, scanned to digital at SUNY College at Oneonta. A limited edition of thirty was printed on Stonehenge 100 pound paper in Canton, NY. The text was printed on a Universal Letterpress III at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake, NY and hand bound by the artists at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. The books are numbered and signed by the artists on the colophon.