Primordial: 2010 – Photographs of the Arizona Monsoon book now available
pri·mor·di·al [prahy-mawr-dee-uhl] –adjective constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original; elementary
I am very pleased to announce the publication of my first book, Primordial: 2010 – Photographs of the Arizona Monsoon.
I have always been fascinated by clouds, as I’m sure most people have been at one point in their life. As children we see bunny rabbits in them, maybe Abraham Lincoln’s profile or an alligator. As I grew older, though, I started to think more metaphysically about what I was looking at. Was I witnessing Creation itself? Or possibly the Apocalypse? Whatever I was witnessing, it was awesome. I don’t like using the word awesome because it is so overused today by young people that its meaning has been diluted to the point where it means nothing, but I am truly in awe of all the science that has to happen for these cloud formations even to appear and to produce the beauty that results.
My inspiration for this project comes from many sources. The two main influences have been the Impressionist painters of the 19th century and, believe it or not, the Hubble Space Telescope. The Impressionists’ use of color to create form reminds me of the cloud formations I see every night. And some of the images of distant galaxies and stellar “events” that the Hubble has provided are truly amazing. This mix of science and art creates a sense of seeing something at its beginning, something that has never been seen before and that cannot be broken down any further. These images are, to me, Primordial.
The book is 80 pages and contains 57 images. It will be available in two editions – a special signed and numbered limited edition of 15 books, plus 1 artist copy, 1 presentation copy and 3 artist's proof copies. This special edition features a foil-stamped linen cover with dust jacket and includes a signed and numbered 8x10" matted/mounted print of the cover image. This edition will have a pre-publication price of $325 with a publication date of January 1, 2011. Shipping is included. After that date the price for this edition will rise to $425.
The other edition is available from blurb.com as either a hardcover with dust jacket for $74.95 or a softcover for $56.95, but is not signed or numbered. Signed copies are available for an additional $25 but must be ordered through me (not blurb).
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Richard Coda has been photographing since he was a teenager. In college he fell in love with images made with large format cameras. Starting with a 4x5" view camera, he soon moved up to an 8x10" camera and, most recently, has begun working with an 11x14" camera.
While he photographed landscapes early in his career, recently his work has focused on that which has been overlooked, forgotten, or looked at, but not seen. He finds compositions where others see the ordinary, or nothing at all. While concentrating on black and white for most of his career, Richard has found a new love for color, using color as the subject, while still retaining his classical aesthetic for form, line and tone.
Please visit his websites at www.rcodaphotography.com and www.pctype.com