Flying Colours: Design on the Wing. Robert Chelmick.
Flying Colours: Design on the Wing
Flying Colours: Design on the Wing
Flying Colours: Design on the Wing

Flying Colours: Design on the Wing

ISBN: 1551050102
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Lone Pine Publishing, 1991. First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & signed by Robert Chelmick to Thomas Rain Crowe. "In the process of attempting to enter the world space of these colorful insects, Bob Chelmick experiences "delicious moments" when "the normal level of visual experience gives way to deeper value." His text describes the falling away of self- the shrinking of ego that comes from regarding moths and butterflies not as objects, but as subjects. The closer he comes to them, the more he understands that their worth as individuals and as species is in no way dependent on him. And the more he feels what he understands. Flying Colours is much more than a volume of beautiful images and discerning text; it is, rather, a book about communion." (from Forward by Freeman Patterson, pg. 7) This astounding volume by the esteemed Canadian photographer Robert Chelmick, inspired by a traveling exhibition, presents the intricate, evocative patterns & textures of butterfly & moth wings & bodies in all their deep, rich colors. With forward by Patterson, Canada's foremost landscape photographer; & text, favorite quotes throughout by Chelmick, who writes: "The marvelous surface details of these tiny flying life forms are indeed the source of the images, but my approach to them is extremely subjective. The shapes, colours, and textures are, for me, simply a visual alphabet. My goal is to use this photographic language to describe my experience of, as (Thomas) Merton would have it, "a hidden wholeness," a "mysterious unity" and "a silence that is a fountain of action and joy." " (pg. 8) Also with commentary by publisher Gary Whyte & a chapter by noted zoologist Dr. Albert Finnamore. On the title page, Chelmick has hand-written & signed: "Thomas: (underlined)/ Thanks for the Persian Spice-/ Frankensense and/ myrtle./ (signed) Bob Chelmick/ Sept 30 01." "Thomas" is Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed poet & publisher who was at the center of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting from San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). Large-format softcover original in wrappers with flaps. A most magnificent & rewarding production, with significant association & provenance. In very fine condition with only very light rubbing & sparse scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Very Fine. [Item #3727]

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