Artists’ Books: In Bloom by Jean-Vincent Simonet

Are you a fan of contemporary photography? Cutting edge image-making at its finest? How about beautiful challenging images collected in a beautiful challenging book? If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, read on.

French artist Jean-Vincent Simonet documents his maiden voyage to Japan in his book In Bloom. These images begin as analog photographs which are sent through Simonet’s ‘lab’ where some are twisted, turned, and distorted to near-abstract forms consisting solely of light, color, and energy. Lots of energy.

Nights spent in Tokyo and Osaka were an intoxicating assault on the senses for him, with sexual encounters, drug-fuelled parties and times spent scaling the city after dark merging into one unfolding mass of visual information before his eyes. The cities were like serpentine, living entities that appeared to metamorphose in the night time.

These digital images, courtesy of the artist, do not do the large (24 x 33 cm) format of the physical object justice where photographs explode off the page like fireworks at every turn. Lovely.

In Bloom was self-published in an edition of 1000 in September 2018. If you are at all intrigued by what you see, you’ll love having and holding In Bloom and its 132 pages of beautiful challenging images in your lap, perhaps the perfect accompaniment to late night listening.

In Bloom is available from Self Publish, Be Happy for $45.00.