Nick Waplington, “Other Edens”, 1994
My favorite photo book of the day –
Nick Waplington places his head and body atop/within many spaces that aren’t the usual.
Other images from the book and an interesting post can be found on Chris Pittman’s blog (the fish are a bonus). Frieze Magazine has a review deconstructing the deepest darkest meanings and associations –
But you really need the book in hand.
Enjoy the wonderful introduction by Marianne Wiggins and then experience the “Where’s Wally?” type journey as you turn the pages of unique image after image, Nick appearing in the most unlikely places. Then you can appreciate the mind and sensibility of this creative, slightly wacky artist.
I love how Nick is “Honoring Inner/Creating Outer” by allowing himself to express inner feelings and associations to places in an unusual way. He’s playful, yet also serious about his photographs. And he has certainly taken the concept of “travel photography” far beyond the expected.