Earth Stands Still
After two years of preparation, I launched a crowdfunding campaign for my first photo book Earth Stands Still on October 1st, 2016. The story of the book is based on the concept of Bardo, as mentioned in The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Bardo can be translated as an intermediate state, originally describing the transition of existence between two earthly lives: The state after physical death and before rebirth. The Bardo is omnipresent. We are always in a state of transcendence, which evolved into a concept of existence without beginning or end. This picture soon became associated with my love for the vastness of the ocean, and the serenity of the horizon. In many cultures, the horizon used to mark the end of the (known) world, a natural border. But apparently, the horizon is in constant motion – no matter how far we sail, we can never reach an end. There is no border, no abyss, no end.
Sized 25cm x 20cm, the hardcover book features 40 photos over the spread of 80 pages.
The book also features the lyrics to Earth Stands Still by No Omega, as well as an introduction by Brian Richman and concluding thoughts by Marie Westerbom.
Printed on matte Mundoplus Recycling offset paper at Printzipia / Bonitasprint, a highly eco-certified facility in Germany.
Earth Stands Still was available as a Standard Edition (€30), a Print Edition (€70), and a Print Edition / Deluxe (€120) in a total of 100 copies, all numbered and signed by the artist.
Only thirty-six hours in the crowdfunding campaign, the pre-orders hit the benchmark of €2400, covering the printing costs.
Earth Stands Still sold out within seven weeks.