After years of watching Karoliina travel west across the U.S. to document for her American Cowboy Project and after several conversations about picking paper, cover designs and printers I finally got a hard copy of her book in the mail. There is something special about being able to physically touch a work of art and to know that the photographer created, edited, toned their work but didn't simply post it to instagram or Facebook. Karoliina went beyond. She shopped for paper, designed a cover, selected a printer, went through test prints, and patiently put her work of art into a book. She placed value in her work that goes beyond a screen.
The first thing you notice when you pick up 'American Cowboy' is the light weight of the book and the texture of the cover. It is a beautiful book with a smooth glossy silk feel. The images inside are a beautiful variety of portraits, vast landscapes, and interesting detail shots. The portrait work has a quiet calmness to them and the arrangement of photos are done so well that is seamlessly blends portraits and landscape in a subtle way. Every once in a while you are surprised by text and beautiful fold out landscape shots.
One of my favorite shots is Kola after the junior rodeo photo. I love everything about this photo. The framing, the colors, and most of all the feeling. There is a level of quiet and calmness in this photo that is hard to capture but is done very well by the artist.
The back of the book has a artist note, map of photographing spots, and a collection of captions with dates as early as 2010 and as late as 2016. This shows the dedication and patients that goes into creating an item people will keep on their shelves.
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