Unto dust shalt thou return
The book is a self-initiated and self-published in cooperation with photographer Marcel Leliënhof. It is covering a three week journey in New Mexico, experiencing the wild west and the life of a cowboy. The photos are documenting a vanishing culture,
and the book is influenced by a nostalgia for childhood heroes such as “The Lone Ranger”.
Every book is branded by a custom-made branding iron. The symbol used is taken from the flag of New Mexico. Photo by Monica Kvaale.
The design of this spread has references to declassified passports. The people in the pictures are four generations of cowboys,
and the youngest may be the last to practise the skill of herding cattle over vast territories on horseback.
The photography is deliberately cut by the format, so the viewer can guess what is to come. The reader is experiencing something similar to travel, where you can get a glimpse of what is around the next turn. The picture of the roses is shown on the next spread.
Layout with Bible quote (from the title of the book). The photo is “worn down” by hand with some help from paint stripper.
No photoshop is involved, and all manipulation is manually fixed in the cowboy spirit.