I'm thrilled to announce that Rik Garrett's monograph, Earth Magic, is available for pre-order from Fulgur Press. His darkly patinaed photographs of modern witches in the woods captured my attention back in 2011, so I was very flattered to be asked to write the introduction to this beautiful book to boot. As with all Fulgur publications, the production value here is utterly sublime. Have a look at that cover:
I mean, really.
Our first work from the Chicago-based photographer Rik Garrett offers a glimpse into the earthy realms of magic populated by the mysterious witches of an otherworldly landscape. First published as a small artist's edition – now long out of print – here Garrett's EARTH MAGIC has been expanded to include a range of haunting new images and an introduction by Pam Grossman. Produced in both standard and deluxe issues, EARTH MAGIC evokes another world through the archaic processes of analogue photography.
Artist and photographer Rik Garrett’s Earth Magic explores historical and personal relationships between witchcraft, femininity and nature through a series of images created using the traditional wet plate collodion process. Of it, Rik says:
“With Earth Magic I’ve envisioned a matristic, nature-based world; a female-centric, ritualistic community completely apart from the rest of society. This is a history of “witchcraft” devoid of “witch hunts”, a race of women who draw their energy and inspiration from the Earth itself. What if there were a truth to the myths of Amazons and the books like Aradia, Gospel of the Witches? What if the fierce Maenads of Greek mythology still existed today, hidden from view? What if these truths were presented faithfully?”
First produced as a small handmade edition that quickly sold out, here Earth Magic has been revised and expanded to include new images and sigils. The original negatives have been rescanned at high resolution and the black and white images processed using a special technique to better convey their dark, otherworldly, quality. The original small format has also been enlarged to create one of the most dramatic books we have yet produced. In Earth Magic we see an evocative meeting between contrasting forces and a celebration of the primal feminine.
Publication Date: 23 March 2014
– small folio (318mm x 240mm)
– 72 pages
– 29 full page photographs
– premium 135gsm Italian paper
– introduction by Pam Grossman
Deluxe Issue £165.00
– 36 hand-numbered examples only
– signed by Rik Garrett
– with a signed silver gelatin print
– hand bound with black morocco spine
– blocked green cloth boards
– custom lined solander box
Hardback Issue £35.00
– limited edition of 550 copies
– custom blocked cloth
– textured black endpapers
Pre-order yours here.