‘Lost Boy Mountain’ is said to be Lester B. Morrison’s first book. I found it by accident when I was looking through Alec Soth’s new blog ‘Little Brown Mushroom‘, which is a shared site between him and five other people – one of them being Lester B. Morrison, who also has some tips on a nice cave property for sale in Tennessee. Anybody into that? (I actually would be terribly interested, if I only had the money :)
Back to the book.
It has 24 pages including the title page which is of the same greyish paper an is about 14 x 21,5 cm (5.6 x 8 in) in size. It is staple bound, printed in coloroffset and it looks almost like a facsimile – with the smeared pencil writing all over the pages (it really shimmers in the light as if it were pencil, and not print).
Inside it starts right with the first Haiku (5-7-5 syllables) which combines the metaphors of wooden treehouses, caves and Lester between them … Echoing the Haikus, we find pictures of treehouses and caves, often joined together by pencil drawings. Altogether it contains 11 Haikus in pencil handwriting and 11 pictures/drawings of different sizes – all variations of the same theme.
‘Lost Boy Mountain’ comes as an edition of 1000 but unfortunately it is neither signed nor numbered. There is only a printed ‘LBM’ on the bottom of the last page.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this little book a lot. It’s multi layering gave me more pleasure than most of the ’straight’ photobooks I have piled up here in the last months. It only LOOKS like a big understatement, and the looks fit well to the overall idea of Haikus.
I bought 5 of the 1000 prints last December. So I have some nice presents for artist friends on the table now. If I ever come up with a contest on this site, I might choose it as a prize. It would be a worthy prize.
If you do not want to take the chance, hurry to purchase it on “Little Brown Mushroom”.
Little Brown Mushroom
Lester B. Morrison
Lost Boy Mountain
… I have to say that some questions do arise here … :)