Concrete Passages About Closeness and Coldness

A poetic photo series about relationships is moulded into a unique book and a special edition set in a thin concrete slipcase. Gábor Kasza photographer worked over two years on the book “Concrete Passages About Closeness and Coldness… and a Couple of Songs” He created a photo-book with a special coherence of theme, design and form; the intersection of these create a whole new piece of art.

 

The unfinished concrete building structures and the grey concrete surface lead us through the pages. He designed a piece to echo its content, somewhere between a damaged, unfinished volume and a contemporary minimalistic shape. The look of the book gives the same unfinished impression as the inside of these buildings. The soft cover has exactly the same weight as the pages. The back cover is a simple grey paper board. Kasza used the red-coloured pages in a ratio corresponding to the red in the photographs. The Japanese Fukuro Toji binding style (bound-pocket books), the double-folded pages allude to the human couple story.

He also developed a special edition. “My decision to use real concrete as a material, that would be great to touch and to sense, turned out to be pretty tough”, explains Gábor Kasza. As the designers, whom he presented the idea, always gave him the same answers: “Who has time to do this? It’s not a business. It’s too thin and complicated, maybe even impossible.” He thought that sounded like a challenge, so he became interested in doing it himself. “It is almost impossible to make, but not completely,” he confesses. “I had to learn to work with concrete, learn how it works, what its edges are.” He searched for a solution. It took over a year just to develop the prototype. Here is the result!

About the Photo Series

This is a poetic photo series about relationships. It is as if we are strolling amongst the pieces of a contemporary opera set. Just, the stories take place in concrete spaces.

There are smaller abstract compositions positioned between the figurative pictures. These compositions fill up with particular emotions, which progress on to other emotive qualities. Geometric patterns also draw the story on, as they return from image to image, and in this way help to establish coherence in the series. There are some diptychs shot in the same space from two different points of view. Also, one pair of photographs was taken at exactly the same moment.

As the viewer will begin to appreciate, this photo series has no linear story. The connection between the images is unusual. It better resembles a wave or

a musical composition. For this reason, we might consider this series to be a kind of “visual symphony”.

In contrast, the book format does indeed impose a linear experience on the viewer. That is to say the page position determines the point in time at which the viewer will encounter a particular photograph. When we experience this linear time, we discover different elements, moods and tones. These are created by the fusion of many images that flow from start to finish.

And definitely, a book has a beginning, middle and end.

About the Special Edition

This is a limited edition, a signed book. It has a shell which is a 4 millimeter thin, a concrete slipcase mould with a red paper lining. It is neither too fragile nor too heavy, weighing only 1425 grams. A paper case would be more fragile. The concrete slipcase is solid, protecting the book from physical effects. It is waterproof, oil-proof, UV and radiation resistant. The title of the book can be found as an imprint on the spine.