The book “The Nape of the Princess” is inspired by an audio-visual work of extreme sensitivity, a homage to what is, for me, one of the most sensual parts of the female body: the neck and the nape of the neck. The projection is accompanied by the music of French violoncellist and composer, Matthieu Saglio. The piece, especially composed by Matthieu, was the essential final element that this collection of images had been calling out for.
Having reviewed the initial work I decided to make several more images to complete the collection, including new models in the subsequent photographic sessions.
The images, in black and white, have a certain trepidation, motivated by the urge to flee the invasive gaze of the camera and lending an element of movement that serves to heighten still more their sensuality.
After the audio-visual work I produced a photographic exhibition, and later the book. I am a great enthusiast of the world of publishing and of course self-publishing.
With the experience of having previously published two books, I decided that this one should have a more classic cut and binding. The images are printed on 100% handmade cotton paper using long lasting pigmented inkjet inks, and later treated with an emulsion that protects the photographs and prevents the images transferring or marking other pages.
The publication contains 26 original images and 7 texts composed especially by Ximo Urenya for this edition. The texts are written in Valencian/Catalan.
The book has 72 pages and is bound by sewing together 9 sections of 8 pages each, with a hard cover or cartoné. The guards are also of handmade cotton paper and the covers are covered with 100%. linen fabric. The cover of the book is a 3-colour silkscreen print.
The book is presented in a protective box covered with black cotton fabric and includes the book plus a 20-page booklet with translations of all the texts: Spanish, English and french. The protective box has the same silkscreen printing as the cover of the book.
The edition is limited to 33 copies plus 2 test copies that will remain property of the artist. All copies are hand numbered and signed by the author.
Edition of 33 numbered and signed books.
Black and white photographs on paper handmade cotton.
Book Size: 28×28 cm.
Dimensions: 30×30 cm enclosure.
Number of pages: 72
Number of photos: 26
Texts: 7 texts written expressly for Ximo Urenya.
Language: Valencia, translated into Spanish, English and French.