When I Was Furthest from Water by Joanna Hruby (with photography by Michaela Meadow)
1. I’ve always been here, On an island. Inside a veil of cicada drone. With the smell of wild fennel, And honey-coloured dirt at my feet. Water was in me at the beginning, I forgot it aged about seven, But trouble came – Made me go hunting For the source. I came from water, It was a long road back. I’m going back, now.
In WHEN I WAS FURTHEST FROM WATER, Joanna Hruby charts her journey back towards the element of Water after years of estrangement, and her pilgrimage-journey to the Font of Balàfia on the island of Ibiza. It is an account of forgetting and remembering, accompanied by - and in response to - thirteen exquisite black and white photographs of Joanna at Balàfia, taken by Michaela Meadow.
JOANNA HRUBY is an artist, performance-maker and writer interested in animating myth and folklore through arcane storytelling traditions. She lives on the island of Ibiza in Spain. Her website is at www.theatreoftheancients.com
MICHAELA MEADOW presents a mythic and sensory relation to the natural world, through the medium of photography as visual storytelling. Evoking an imaginary island of women, she seeks to reawaken the feminine within landscape. we are invited to step into an alternate narrative through her camera lens: a vision, a raw transformative state, a sensuous dream. She is curator of Viriditas: an Anthology of Contemporary Women Artists, a member of the international arts collective World Wide Women and holds an MA in Photography from the University of Brighton.
WHEN I WAS FURTHEST FROM WATER is part of the Seven Doors in an Unyielding Stone series (see below for all the titles in the series) for Autumn 2018. The series is also available as a limited edition collectors' boxed set and a book-lovers' bundle of all seven books
Note - where there is white on these cover previews, there will actually be SILVER ink.
WHEN I WAS FURTHEST FROM WATER is lithograph-printed for high quality on 100% recycled paper (140gsm internal, 280gsm cover) using veg-based inks in England, by Calverts, a workers' co-op and is professionally perfectbound.
The book is A6 size (4.2″x5.9″) and has 36 inner pages. This is the first printing. Publication date 31.10.18
SEVEN DOORS IN AN UNYIELDING STONE
This series of pocket-sized books is new for Autumn 2018 and is an audacious step forward for Hedgespoken Press. Seven extraordinary authors, seven beautiful books. Seven ways to approach the unapproachable and speak about the unspeakable. See the SEVEN DOORS homepage for more information about the series.
Lovely special books by two of my favourite authors, sped on starlight across the seas to Melbourne, Australia to find me in the midst of summer blaze. I will read them and daydream of colder damper mysterious places while I enjoy my fruits and picnics and summer reveries. Thank you to all.