The Bermuda Portfolio
A while back I told a story about making a limited edition portfolio called the Bermuda Portfolio. This was where the guy that backed the project with the name of Steve Rose skipped town in a metaphoric hail of bullets with his creditors chasing after him. This was in 1982 and the post is here.
At the end of the post I said I would show you the portfolio. Well, here it is.
A 20 x 24 inch custom white box
with twelve mounted and overmatted signed prints
that are printed on 16 x 20 inch Ilford Galerie paper that I archivally processed and toned with a system I developed that combined a couple of different proprietary formulas. The work was shot in 120 mm square and combined conventional black and white (panchromatic) and infrared emulsions.
Originally there were twelve of these, there is just one now, although I do have extra unmounted prints.
The full twelve from the portfolio are here on the site. These were the end result of several trips to Bermuda to photograph. The work's intent? If I remember this right, my efforts back then look a little like someone trying to establish himself as someone who makes beautiful photographs. This isn't necessarily a criticism of my past self as much as it is an acknowledgment of our different stages as we work through our careers. Different era, different sensibilities.
I just posted the full portfolio on the website. Take a look: here.