Coming this fall from New Star Books is the latest opus from George Bowering, a collection of essays and memoirs that includes the inspirational telling of how the author paid for a set of dentures. Well, there’s other stuff too, like a bunch of stuff about other writers and poets…and some guy named Shakespeare. But there are many better than I at writing about writing so I’ll stick to writing about images.
I’ve photographed George a few times now. There’s no shortage of laughs with George during these sessions and when his name is mentioned the first image that comes to my mind is a laughing set o’ choppers. So when Rolf at New Star asked me to do his latest book cover, the solution was clear: a set of wind-up chattering teeth. The trouble is that good ones are not exactly “thick on the ground” as they say. So after some searching I found two pairs. I used the Hipstamatic test photos of the first pair for the 1st comp (see below) but it was deemed too “clean”.
Then a second pair arrived from Atlanta by post and came in an original box from 30-odd years ago complete with golden orange/yellow text set in the much-maligned “Souvenir” font, a favourite for cheap novelty packaging in the ’70s. And there was a diagram of instructions on the back, in case there was any operational confusion(!) I shot the diagram using Instagram, faked the Souvenir font for the title, set the rest of the cover text in Freight and everybody went home happy.