Published: December 2011
Design: Mart. Warmerdam
Text: Sandra Beerends
Edition: leporello book, 31 x 23 cm, 34 pag. (4.14 m wide), fc
Price: € 59,00
Carousel: Into the Mountains. Thomas Elshuis
In literature, it has often been explored, the possibility of undertaking of a journey without actually setting foot outside the door. An unusual point of departure underlies Thomas Elshuis’ manipulated photographic works, namely, a continuous journey through a private archive of 20,000 photographic slides. Elshuis inherited this archive on the death of a family friend, who, between 1960 and 1995, captured his numerous world travels on slide.
As Xandra de Jongh wrote in the Volkskrant in 2006: “In a certain sense Elshuis has taken over the mantle of traveller from the deceased friend. Like a digital Marco Polo, he zaps a trail through the immense world of images – isolating and rearranging fragments, details, structures, and atmospheres in order to eventually return home bearing new depictions.”
Carousel: Into the Mountains is the first part of an exceptional triptych, in the form of a leporello book. Using 144 images, Elshuis creates a new, imaginary mountain landscape which, when unfolded, ‘reads’ as a spectacular, over 4 meter wide panorama.