This book began with my long-standing fascination for rust. To many people, rust is a dirty word. To me it is the art nature creates on metal. For years I have photographed it. Bits of scrap and squashed and rusted drinks cans hang framed on the walls of my studio. When one day I realised that I didn’t know anything about this metal, in fact not even the difference between iron and steel, this ‘dirty’ rust became a doorway onto a new world. From my subsequent research grew Living Iron, a wide and passionate exploration of the myriad ways in which iron and steel influence, even determine, our daily lives.
Throughout the book, conversations with professionals, from the blacksmith to the metallurgist and the doctor, are woven in. Their stories add an unexpectedly human, even poetic aspect to a subject generally considered ‘hard’. With my photographs I hope to incite you to marvel with me at the amazing things I have been privileged to see.
Following the success of A Resistible Force, published by Visual Legacy in 2007 with the generous support of publicly listed companies, cultural funds and governmental organisations, Living Iron will be published in English, German, French and Dutch editions by the Visual Legacy Foundation (www.visual-legacy.com), again with the support of the corporate world. It is to be an elegant yet accessible book that will appeal to a wide audience and lend itself as an exceptional gift for public relations within the iron and steel related industries.
Size 240 x 280 mm
To be published 2017