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Body of Work

 ... an excerpt from the afterword.


In the first instance, ‘Body of Work’ is about the orchestrated process of horse breeding. But, as I wriggled through the months of scrutiny, amidst the rawness of procreation, I became aware of a common anomaly in the mares being served. I came to recognise, in one mare after another, an anthropomorphic capacity to reflect. Through mournful eyes, they would make known an understanding of their peculiar predicament.


‘Body of Work’ will print in Germany, September 15-17, 2015, at Optimal Media, and be published November 2015 by Vapour Momenta Books, the pocket-sized publishing arm of Bruce Connew and Catherine Griffiths. 


First edition of 600 numbered and signed copies, of which 50 will include a signed and numbered print.

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2015-08-10

Body of Work

. . . the book no one would publish

‘Body of Work’ was proposed, from late-2014, to over a dozen dissenting publishers in Europe and the US. Of the handful who responded, one, an Italian photo and art book publisher, said: “your work is too strong for .........., we cannot do it”. It has turned out to be the book no one would publish.

After that note, a New Zealand art collector bought a complete 38-image exhibition series of ‘Body of Work’, on the proviso that the funds be used, not to pay off credit card debt or mortgage in that normal way of photographers, but to print a well-crafted book of the work, as previously in Europe with ‘I Must Behave’ and ‘Stopover’.

In return, he would frame and crate the series, and have it available for exhibition. The deal was sealed over a sizeable lunch and Garage Project craft beer.

The last piece of the funding jigsaw slid into place at the end of this July, a modest but crucial grant from Creative New Zealand. Full steam ahead.

‘Body of Work’ will print in Germany, September 15-17, 2015, at Optimal Media, and be published November 2015 by Vapour Momenta Books, the pocket-sized publishing arm of Bruce Connew and Catherine Griffiths.

The book is available to pre-order at a special price, NZ$65/75/185, shipping November 2015.

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 ... an excerpt from the afterword.

In the first instance, ‘Body of Work’ is about the orchestrated process of horse breeding. But, as I wriggled through the months of scrutiny, amidst the rawness of procreation, I became aware of a common anomaly in the mares being served. I came to recognise, in one mare after another, an anthropomorphic capacity to reflect. Through mournful eyes, they would make known an understanding of their peculiar predicament.

BRUCE CONNEW / 08.2015

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2015-08-19

Website design finalists

. . . website design finalists in New Zealand’s Best Design Awards

Sons & Co, the Christchurch-based web design virtuosi, are finalists  in the Interactive Design category, Small Scale Websites, in New Zealand’s 2015 Best Design Awards . . . with this site!

This portrait is the final image in ‘Body of Work’, a new book published by Vapour Momenta Books to be printed in Germany mid-September, and shipped November 2015. Pre-order the book here.

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