About the Book
I first became fascinated by the Bowler hat after seeing my first Rene Magritte show at SF MOMA many years ago.
The entire project took me 5 years to photograph, the images were taken in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Many were taken at Huntington Library in Alta Dena, CA.
I used 120 rolls of Kodak Tri-X film in a 1986 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX. The original prints were printed by Lisa at Focus Photo on La Brea in Los Angeles, she used Kodak Ektalure G paper followed by a heavy sepia tone treatment.
The majority of the images are of a single vintage hat, made by John B Stetson in Philadelphia expressly for the Kenney-Kennedy Co in Worcester. Size 7 1/4 Block 542 Depth 5" Finish 27.
A decade ago, while undergoing doubts about the direction of my photography, I felt the media onslaught of urban decay, violence, war, pain, homelessness and hopelessness. Outside, on the news, in the movies. The daily supersaturation of these images was even affecting the fine-art sector, infusing art galleries as surely as it was settling in the collective unconscious. While I am powerless to impact the greater extent of this permeation, I choose not to contribute to it. My design is to produce images that not only exclude the above subjects, but to counter the effect by improving the spaces in which they are intended to be displayed. The focal point of my current work is to make significant images reflecting historical implications, while paying respectful deference to the masters who came before. Images that reveal more than is seen at first glance, dialogs of nuance, narratives told in a fraction of a second. Most of this work has to do with Scale, macrocosms within microcosms,