Books and Magazines: Forgottonia: The Audience
Client: Bruce Morton
Project: Forgottonia: The Audience
Printer: Edition One Books
Editon: 50 signed copies - 101 pages
8.5 x 11 inches soft bound with paper cover
Introduction by Paul Berlanga - Berlanga FineArt/Photographs
Details: Second in a trilogy of books by Bruce Morton documenting his childhood home of Bowen in Illinois. I did the photo editing, sequence and layout and we worked together on the final sequence and made a few proofs before the final edition of 50.
Abbreviated from the introduction by Bruce Morton:
My exploration of Forgottonia continues with this second book of photographs that further investigates the community of people who live, love, work, and die here. My friends, who live in cities often, ask, “what is there to do here?” Truthfully, not a lot, but when events do happen, they offer the opportunity to socialize and people eagerly attend. The Forgottonia social calendar includes school activities, auctions, holiday parades, various festivals, fairs and occasionally the circus.
This project was initiated several years ago. I was photographing a county fair and during one of the evening events, I started to study the audience. The more I looked at them, the more interesting I found them to be rather than the actual event that they were watching. I absorbed what the people in the crowd were wearing, took note of their body language and the food they were eating, and their reactions to each other and to what was happening in front of them. Like the director of a TV variety show, I found those brief moments of candid human emotions observed more interesting than the show. These moments define the past, present, and future of Forgottonia. -Bruce Morton