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”.

The cover is branded leather

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 book is produced in both leather and a more reasonably priced hardcover version.

 Endsheet with horse pattern

Title page. The design is inspired by old bibles. The family portrayed in the book is very religious.

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.

Close up of spread. “Declassified” is hole punched, as on revoked passports.

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.

The following spread with photo of roses.


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.

Close up of spread with the use of gold foil, like in the old Bibles.

Spreads from section with horses

Branded cattle

Foldout with our hero of the past, “The Lone Ranger”, drawn by my dad when he was twelve years old. Can you see the cow motive
when the pages are closed?


We needed to make the ox more angry.

Spread with hand written quote from D. H. Lawrence, which we thought was very appropriate for the cowboy way of living.

Close-up of spread. Drawing made with ink, pencil and brush.

The cowboys also love their cars.

Drawing made of the missing part of the neon sign (image above), symbolizing the decline of towns abandoned by ranchers
and their families.


More worn down signs. They were deep-etched, to make them seem more desolate.