The Book: Before (During) After
@ the Amsterdam book event - Caroline Griep, Elizabeth Kleinveld,
Eric Paul Julien, Paul Cliteur
Elizabeth Kleinveld's limited edition photo in my son's room (featured in the book)
Before During After: photographer: Eric Paul Julien
Elizabeth's photo of toxic waste. After the water levels dropped this is what it looked like
nola's toxic waste on my wall
Last week I attended a very special book event here in Amsterdam of Before (During) After.
In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, one of my best friends, New Orleans born and raised Elizabeth Kleinveld was there with her husband and children for their summer holidays.
We were al doing "our thing" at the time. At the event, friend and editor, Caroline Griep recalled during her speech that"her thing" at that moment was experiencing the most scary thunderstorm of her life inVenice not realizing that something much more material happened on the other side of the Ocean.
Many of us can recall the moment the news hit, but for the people that were actually in the midst of it, it will remain part of them forever. When Elizabeth returned safely to Amsterdam she was desperately searching for a way to find peace with the event and decided she needed to make a book. 5 years of passion, persistance and patience resulted in "Before (During) After: an estetic and elegant collection of photographs of a devestating event. Twelve photographers contributed photos and essays: Jennifer Shaw, Frank Relle, Lori Waselchuk, Rowan Metzner, Samuel Portera, David Rae Morris, Jonathan Traviesa, Eric Julien, Zack Smith, Elizabeth Kleinveld, Mark J. Sindler, and Thomas Neff. Their photographs are a melancholy record of both the damages (some small, some enormous) and their own feelings and experiences.
Although my own art and designs are collourful and happy I fell instantly for the intensity of the photographs. I got sucked into them completely. I just had to have at least a few on my wall and so it happened. It is difficult to share the emotions the photographs in the book evoke but you will have an opportunity to have the expierence.
And yes I know it might not be the usual glamorous suspect on your coffee table but here is your opportunity to win a copy of this beautiful, inspiring, touching book signed by Elizabeth Kleinveld. TO ENTER:
- be a follower of my blog
- like Before (During) After on facebook
and of course tweet as an addtional entry!
The winner will be announced on October 26.
....and if you don't win the book can be bought online amongst others through Octavia Books