Once (since cassette demos 1997)
There’s much flame imagery throughout the 1998 album Since. The final song, Once, alone mentions a fuse, a torch & a spray of lights. But, it was only in overview, when all of the pieces were laid out as a written collection, that a compound thread seemed to show.
It’s that train of thought I had in mind when my art department counterpart commissioned two photographers to separately capture their interpretations of what I expressed as “the life of a flame.” I left it at that, a simple prompt, hoping an overall spirit would be evoked as purely as possible by the artists’ independent imaginations. Curiously, both shooters used technically similar cine-camera approaches in their own way, each turning in work that satisfied that sense. However, one personally encapsulated the feeling further by way of their unique, concrete presentation: a rough-hewn, homemade project book using unfinished paper & other raw materials such as ribbon that translated as a distinctive abstract which I could physically feel with my fingertips & absorb from its actualized visual arrangement.
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