I came across two very different sites today that combine words and images. What extraordinary finds!
A Humument is artist Tom Phillips 45+ year endeavor to take a work– W. H. Mallock’s 1892 A Human Document — purchased at random (the only criteria that it cost 3 pence) and to remake the work by using words from a given page and adding images. At first a page may look like someone has taken random words, as if cutting up letters for a cliché ransom note, to form the text, but the words are taken from “rivers” of text appearing in the order printed on the page. Phillips first published A Humument in 1973 and it is now in its 4th edition. Recently he added an Ipad app which I can’t wait to explore. To see some of his work, check out his Tumblr, and his website.
Also combining words and images is the site They Draw and Cook, where artists illustrate recipes. Siblings Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell are the creators of this wonderful assortment and will publish their first cookbook based on the site in October, 2011. The site’s goal is to publicize artists — and to provide you with some great foodie love. They Draw & Cook is searchable by meal, ingredient, location of artist. What fun it would be to follow this recipe for Quiche Lorraine. You could print it out to show your brunch guests if you were that sort of Martha Stewart-y hostess. You can even submit your own illustrated recipe. I think I’m going to make Lina Winkler’s Curry Onions for dinner tonight! Be sure, too, to check out Nate and Salli’s new sister site, They Draw & Travel, which features artists’ maps. I like this one of gourmet coffee shops in Manhattan. Attention entrpreneurs: it suggests that there is a scarcity of such shops north of 59th.
Some day I would like to do something similar, combining writing with my photographs.