Joselito Verschaeve – 'If I call stones blue it is because blue is the precise word' Published by VOID (ATH), Available here: If I Call Stone Blue It Is Because Blue Is The Precise Word
If I Call Stones Blue It Is Because Blue Is the Precise Word by Joselito Verschaeve interweaves black and white photographs of both day-to-day encounters and staged fictions from archives of the artist's own work, to create visual short stories which defy conventional interpretation.
The recurring motif of the bird in many forms—as an illustration, origami creation, in-flight or emerging from sand—is interspersed with images of textured rocks, the moon and paths which lead and disappear off the page. The human presence in the images is slight—figures veiled, melding into the landscape or moving out of the frame, a grooved hand echoing the natural formation of rocks—all bit parts in the narrative.
The images have been drawn from the artist’s ever-accumulating archive, and have been selected and arranged in a rhythmic pattern, mimicking the act of writing a poem or a short novel.
“My work leans on day-to-day encounters that are or turn narrative driven. With the idea of building an archive which can fit different themes while maintaining a certain interchangeability. With this archive gradually growing it’s possible to move around images and create new narratives.”
— Joselito Verschaeve
Drawing upon an aesthetic born from surrealism, the project hints at personal fascinations, alongside visions of dystopia feeding upon the portent of current threats and events. Verschaeve is interested in the idea of ‘magical realism’ and the addition of something ‘extra’ into the common-place and the mundane. Taking the leap and transplanting the genre from literary fiction into black and white photography—the visual language with past associations with documentary and truth telling— Verschaeve layers a veil of poetry over the every day.
“The book presents a measured and enigmatic edit of black and white images – of bodies and skin, rocks and the moon, landscapes and birds. Each image hints at different stories, but as a whole, the photobook resists presenting a singular narrative.”
Joanna Cresswell — British Journal of Photography