One of the books which caught my attention in the New York Book Fair was Crushed By Jason Fulford. I had previously seen two of his books Raising Frogs for $ $ $ and Hotel Oracle and his brilliance really likes creating relationships between the images.
Crushed is small hardbound book with a leatherette cover. Surprising heavy for its size, the cover features just the title with a photograph of a raised concrete platform with stairs leading to a vista which seems to have vanished into a faded memory.
Inside are about ninety pages of full color square photographs printed on lustre paper. On initial introduction itself, the books intentions to take the viewer on a private journey are evident. The images present themselves as thoughts of the photographer, streaks of air left behind as traces by a aircraft in a blue sky or a lone donkey standing in the middle of nowhere as if a statue.
The images as beautiful as they are, all exhibit a strong sense of sentimentality and solitude. This all is layered deep underneath a constant presence of amusing elements like the lonely dinosaur in a suburban city, seemingly lost in this time and space.
Crushed is a beautifully simple book and it exhibits melancholy in the same beautiful simple way. I would definitely recommend it for any library.
In case you’re interested, do have a look at Jason’s website here. Inside you’ll also find links to his other books and commissioned work.