“Broccoli Raw” is the second 2022 Chapbook or Photozine from Simon, based on his personal photography.
This Chapbook “Broccoli Raw” is A5 in size, made up of 32 pages and featuring 17 photos captured by Simon. Thoughtfully printed on quality, heavy-duty paper (more details below), only 100 will ever be printed of these limited-edition chapbooks. Each one is numbered. (Subscribe to the complete 2022 chapbook series here)
From inside the back cover of “Broccoli Raw”;
The colour palette and forms of broccoli are intriguing.
– In this year of the monkey, a bioluminescent tree fungus, Chimpanzee Fire, may be of more interest than healthy broccoli greens. A bluish-green luciferase glow probably grabs more attention than green hued vegetables.
– Broccoli may not be considered wabi-sabi but that doesn’t mean its multi-scaled elegance should go unnoticed. Wabi-sabi aesthetics are based on the transience of life. Imperfection, rust and impairment can be beautiful.
– Children with room for pie often sing ‘I’m too full for broccoli’ without realising that a vegetable created during the Roman Empire is still a source of wonder.
– Switch iron for magnesium and red haemoglobin becomes green chlorophyll. Our blue world seems green to us. Green is the colour of life as seen on 85% of the globe’s ice-free lands. This chapbook won’t suit deuteranopes, those few of us whose green cones aren’t in use.
– Broccoli green has a wavelength of 555 nanometres: think cycle jackets and ambulance green-on-yellow battenbergs. Not all broccoli is so green. Some say broccoli green rhymes with cobalt blue. Others prefer the complement.
– Frank Lloyd Wright believed in the universality of fundamental geometric shapes. He considered that abstracted forms could portray spiritual values. History praises his designs but doesn’t record his views on broccoli.
– It takes about 280 litres of water to grow a kilogram of broccoli and more than 15,000 litres to render a kilogram of beef. There are recipes that avoid such dilemmas in ‘The Enchanted Broccoli Forest’.
– Distress caused by changes to one’s environment, solastalgia, has become a recognised medical condition. Are deuteranophiles people who accept climate change?
Everything edible captured here (and more) has since been consumed after thorough washing.
More Chapbook Details
Saddle Stitched Book A5, Cover Silk 250gsm, Inner Silk 150gsm,
Portrait, Saddle Stitch Binding, Cover Both Sides, Cover One Side Matt, Inner Both Sides
See more about what Simon has to say about this Chapbook in these pages from his blog – walkingcommentary.net
- ‘Broccoli Raw’ – this is the post made by Simon when he mailed “Broccoli Raw” to the his subscribers