I am very pleased to announce that my photobook Mimetic (published by Ramp Press) received a Commended at the New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards. www.photobookoftheyear.co.nz
Judges' comments - "Mimetic is complex, provocative and playful. The design and the photography talk to each other beautifully, so that the design successfully alters the meaning of the photographs in a positive way. The minimal budget and modest production values still resulted in a great work."
Mimetic is a playful reference to Purdom’s multi award-winning photo book From Certainty to Doubt. The work is an exposé of the photographer’s research, influences and continues the visual examination of nature’s fundamental survival strategies - mimicry, camouflage, and how humans have adopted these concepts in their everyday lives. As well as new photographic subject matter, the book features interleaved pages of research ephemera, poetry, technical illustrations and text that influenced the aesthetic and conceptual direction of the project. The book urges the viewer to look and look again. Pushing the boundaries of art books, it celebrates the medium, drawing in the viewer with photography, strong design and beautiful construction; yet mimicking the subject matter held within, it continues to reveal and hide in turn.
**** The book has also been selected as a finalist in the Designers Institute of New Zealand - Best Design Awards 2018. www. bestawards.co.nz