Stack of press sheets from Beyond Drifting by Mandy Barker
Mandy Barker‘s upcoming photobook Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals went to print this week in the UK, and we’re keen to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the process on press! The book is printed litho – by sheet-fed offset – on Munken Polar Rough art paper, which has the cotton-like texture and feel that we wanted to complement the antique book design.
Beyond Drifting sheets coming off press
As sheets come off press, it’s truly amazing to see how efficient the process is, and how quickly sheets are printed – check out a short video of the Heidelberg press in action (Warning – it’s a bit loud!):
Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals by Mandy Barker – on press April 2017 from Overlapse on Vimeo.
A lift machine is used to turn a stack of sheets for printing the reverse side. For this book 16 pages fit onto each printed sheet.
Sheets stacked for turning to print second side
Used CMYK plates in the bin
Viewing and approving sheets coming off press – test scatter proof seen at right
Press time is both an exhilarating and stressful experience! Months (and years) of creative photographic, design and production work are funneled and transferred into a final form. Decisions made can no longer be changed, adjusted or tweaked. Soon we will receive a load of boxes filled with the visualised object made real – and we’re excited for you to get your hands on it!
See full details about the book and order here
Overlapse is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals by UK-based photographer Mandy Barker. Publication is scheduled for 1st May, in time for Mandy’s exhibition of works from the book at the V&A in London, which runs 5-28 May 2017. She is shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet award and exhibits with 11 other shortlisted artists on the theme of SPACE – See full details about the exhibition
Inspired by the pioneering plankton discoveries made by naturalist JV Thompson in Cork Harbour during the 1800s, Mandy collected marine plastic debris from the same location along the southern coast of Ireland. These objects of human-generated waste became the subject of mysteriously beautiful photographs – or microscopic samples – that appear in Beyond Drifting. In all of her work, Mandy’s aim is to combine the contradiction of aesthetic attraction with a message of environmental awareness.
Spread from Mandy Barker’s research notebook during the making of Beyond Drifting
In the course of research and development of her projects Mandy consistently keeps sketchbooks to record her findings and to reflect on ways to photograph and present her work.
She says, “The impact of oceanic waste is an area I am committed to pursuing through visual interpretation and in collaboration with science, hoping it will ultimately lead to positive action in tackling this increasing environmental problem which is of current global concern.”
See Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals for more details and a preview!
Overlapse collaborated with Brendan Hoffman of Prime Collective to design and produce a zine featuring his documentary work from Webster City, Iowa. By 2011 the town of 8,000 had lost around 2,000 local factory jobs to Mexico and throughout 2016 the issue of lost manufacturing jobs became a hot campaign topic for Donald Trump. After Trump won the election Brendan felt compelled to share his work from Webster City, and had the idea of distributing a magazine (for free) in Washington during the January inauguration. He didn’t want the real circumstances and struggles of people like his subjects in Webster City to be lost in a mire of campaign rhetoric, and the zine serves to introduce their story to a wider audience.
Limited copies are available to order, with funds supporting the work we did on the project. Brendan successfully raised funds to print 1000 copies in Kiev, Ukraine (where he currently lives and works on documentary assignments). Distribution during the inauguration was met with a mixed response, and the project received wide attention online including from TIME whose infamous cover was emulated in our design.
See more about Great Old Days zine here