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January 4th, 2010

City Of The Violet Crown | Part 1 of 2

“The passion to conquer space is the very essence of travel… I was a wanderer there… The warmth, content and beauty of these lands have the essence of a woman… The passion to possess whom I can’t understand… To set free the princess, the dragon must be slain, not crucially to be confused with conquering the princess and thereby setting the dragon free… I will forgive her every whim, all the more readily since she is so lovely… The task is to find the keys to the riddles so that these feelings are reciprocated… For me these keys are images, I collected them one by one, this was all I could do for her, to present her with her own reflections…”

– transcribed from a voice over by Irakly Avaliani, in a work by Gueorgui Pinkhassov

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(A Photo Book Monument)

One image per page, in chronological order of their creation, for 99 pages.

It has one flaw, a flaw that is mine and given the short history of events since this books existence, I now consider this flaw an ideal one. If someone ends up owning this copy, I will explain it to them when they ask and when they prove to me they indeed have it.

As of this moment, this is the only copy of this book there will be but I make no such promise to keep it buried forever or not created anew.

As of this moment, only one person besides myself has seen this book. This person was my mother and it was shared with her on a day that was her 66th birthday. I placed it in a hot yellow beam of Texas sunlight and made these final images of this object. The printing does not show as well as it truly is in these photographs below…

This object is beautiful.