In college, I first read Henry David Thoreau’s essay Wild Apples in a book of his collected works and it resonated with me. The essay illustrated his enjoyment of wild New England apples, as well as his sadness at their disappearance, as they were being replaced by farmed apples. This is the same process I am seeing with apples today. Heirloom varieties are becoming harder to find, even at farmers’ markets, and grocery stores have narrowed their selection to just a handful.
My first book, Apples I Have Eaten, was a collection of photographs of rare apples, but I wanted to place them in a greater context, to show not just their beauty, but their importance. I chose Thoreau’s essay because his sentiments are just as relevant today as they were 150 years ago. We have already lost many of the wild apples that Thoreau memorializes. Who knows what varieties we may lose in the next 150 years if we do not make a conscious effort to keep them alive: growing, buying, eating, sharing. I hope I can play a small part in this.
|Press Name/Publisher||Analog Systems Press|
|Place of Publication||Piedmont, CA|
|Author of Text/Poet||Henry David Thoreau|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Letterpress|
|Number of Images/ Illustrations||30|
|Image/ Illustration Process||Inkjet|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Quarter vellum variation on the sewn boards binding|
|Paper Stock||Hahnemahle Photo Rag|
|Number of Pages||48|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||6 x 9 x .75 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 50|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|