This is the narrative at the beginning of the book. I think it gives the book a more dynamic feel. It is more of a journey then a photographic creation. In this book I have explored the boundaries of photography and installation, much like the work of Rune Guneriussen.
I found a perfect spot on the moors, where I was able to put the books in between the rocks. The idea was to make it seem as if the books were flowing out of the rocks, like a fountain of youth that regenerates books.
Whilst I was there, many people became interested and sat watching for a while, taking photographs and coming and talking to me about my project. This was an important part of this exercise, as I was able to explain to people the growing issue of books in our environment.
Local councils very rarely recycle books, as the glue in their bindings and the ink renders the paper unusable. Chain stores such as Waterstones and WHSmith sell millions of books a year, but where do all these books end up? Yes people generally keep their books all their lives but what happens once they pass away? inevitably these books end up in dumps, or recycling centres. Often these books are obsolete, containing old information, which nobody in modern society is interested in.
What can we do with these old books? Can we recycle them in a more inventive way? I think the books would rather live out the rest of their lives as art than rot in a box at Steptoes Market!