this cover was the crowd favourite when i did my 'market research', and although this isn't the one that came together so miraculously at the beginning of the design process, i think it probably fits the overall feel of this book and my poetry in general.
so here's the background on the cover image: i took the photograph in arthurs pass in the south island (nz) during a trip i did with two singaporean and one american photographer, acting as a guide, in 2004. it was a wet misty day, we pulled over to look at bush scenary. the image is of a moss-covered tree with a orange track marker nailed to it. had to open my aperature right up and shoot at about 1/30 sec i think. shot on 200 asa kodak slide film of some description using my pentax P30.
the motif over the title is a kind of mountain silouette. all the elements are very new zealand - moss, tree, mountain. and for some reason whenever i doodle i always end up drawing a tree on a mountain - which is why i went for those elements.
the title font is 'porcelin' - a double stroke script font which i am also using for the poem titles inside the book. the author name is in zurich bt - my body text font for the book.
publication is looking a lot closer now...
on the headphones: 'end of a century' by blur, from 'the best of blur'. www.blur.co.uk