Published : September 2010
Photography/Text/Editing: Paul Bogaers
Design: Mart. Warmerdam
Edition: 21.6 x 17 cm, hard cover, 160 pages
Price € 29,50
Upset down. Paul Bogaers
Upset Down is the dazzling result of a year-long fascination with the photography of ‘psycho-visual’ phenomena, also known as ‘thoughtography’. In keeping with the author’s use of these terms, they may be best described as the paradoxical intention to reveal the invisible or hidden, to represent an inner world, with photographic means.
For the composition of this book, the Dutch photographer Paul Bogaers has organized his work in a completely new mode. On every right page, a photograph is reproduced upright, while every left page bears an upside down photograph. This remains unchanged of course when the book is turned around, although every picture will be reversed in position. In this way, the book presents two different but closely interconnected expeditions – parallel journeys along unexplored phenomena, the starting point of the first being the reversed destination of the second and vice versa. Both journeys can be tracked from either end of the book, which as a consequence has two frontsides and no back. The consistency with which this organizing principle is applied brings strange things into daylight that would otherwise have remained hidden behind the apparently average.