|Dune, Photographs by Misha de Ridder. |
Published by Lay Flat, 2011.
Reviewed by George Slade
Misha de Ridder Dune
Photographs by Misha de Ridder
Lay Flat, 2011. Softcover. 36 pp., Illustrated throughout, 9-1/2x11-1/2".
The satisfactions of this concise book are stated in the epigraph, four lines from an 19th century Dutch writer printed on an elegant extension of the soft cover that flows across your lap as you read. Courtesy of this design, the words accompany your experience of Dune, unlike most introductory quotations that disappear when a page is turned. (Thumbs up to Lay Flat for this.)
That extended flap also echoes the rolling topography of the dune landscape evoked in de Ridder's photographs. For good measure, the cover is sand-colored, though the photographs carry very little of this conventional sand tone. Perhaps the goal is to suggest "dune" then see how far the photographs can travel away from the base.
George Slade, a longtime contributor to photo-eye, is a photography writer, curator, historian and consultant based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He can be found on-line at http://rephotographica-slade.blogspot.com/