Syracuse/Auburn, NY

grey light, Handmade Artist’s Book

Joe Librandi-Cowan , 2014, Prague

I’ve been studying abroad in Prague for the semester.

Before arriving here I had imagined I’d be able to find something I could document fairly easily- something I could photograph that would extend or strengthen my current photograph process. I thought I’d be able to jump into a new place and make new work and not have any issues. I quickly learned that wasn’t really possible to do. I spent a lot of time searching for a project here that I could really focus on and make my own, but after much frustration and no formation of a project, I decided to work on something a little more personal. grey light is my response to this. It focuses on the formation of relationships, emotionally and physically, to new places, people, and myself. The project takes on the form of both the print and the book to illustrate the transitions of these forming and reforming relationships. 

This project is my first “real” artist’s book and I’m looking forward to making many more. If anybody is interested, I will be printing some soft covered copies when I back in the states. Let me know if you want one!

Images from a new project, 2013 , Crown Graphic 4x5, Kodak Tri-X 320

| joe librandi-cowan |

I’m exploring my hometown - I’m interested in the maximum security prison that sits directly in the middle of it. I’m curious to deconstruct and explore how this impacts life in the town - both politically and socially. More so, I’m interested in forming and understanding a photographic style and method that will help me visually interpret the questions I have. I’ll be posting more images as the project continues to develop.