About the Book
James Gilberd owns and runs Photospace Gallery, the only specialist photography gallery in New Zealand (est. 1998). He has exhibited in NZ occasionally since the 1980s (being more concerned with the work of other artists). The photos in the the book have never seen the light of day until now. If you like the work of William Eggleston you may appreciate where Gilberd's work is coming from. Essentially, this is a poem about living in New Zealand, from a unique perspective. "These are the images that trouble me, the ones I've never quite understood. I recently pulled them out of albums of photos taken decades ago and scanned the prints. They're reproduced in the book exactly the way they came from the one hour lab, which is essential to the work. Then I took Hemmingway's advice ('Write drunk, edit sober.') and turned it around - Photograph sober, edit drunk. The sequencing didn't work sober, so I got a bit drunk, put on some music and started again with it. Since a lot of the poetry occurs in the sequencing, this worked much better."