Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon)
A lighthearted look at ordinary (and not so ordinary) objects that look like the moon.
Soon to be a handmade artist book in a limited edition of 125, offered on Kickstarter, fall 2021.

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First mock-up
iPhone Snapshot, 2021

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Nite Lite
Cyanotype on Sumi-e , 2021

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Cyanotype Contact Printing Test
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It all started last year, with the gift of a 3-D printed LED nite lite in the shape of the moon, combined with a love of still-life photography
and the desire to create a limited edition, hand-made artist book. I started shooting the nite lite, and
wanted to add other moon images to the set, but didn’t find other moon models that worked. Then, as sometimes happens, I came up with the title:
Things That Look Like the MOON (but are not the moon) and that led to images of balls of string, cantaloupes, killer space stations, sports equipment and more. I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing things that look the moon! This body of work is the result.

At least I’d like to say it all started last year, but my relationship with the moon goes much further back! The moon was big in the 1960’s and I was little. I remember being on an airliner (the kind with propellers, that you climbed up a stairway to get into) for the first time, in July 1969. My parents and I were flying to Rochester NY to visit Eastman Kodak. The pilot came on to announce that Apollo 11 had launched for the moon! Two firsts the same day, air travel for me and space travel for everyone. I remeber my father telling me that when I grew up I'd be able to travel in space as easily as we were traveling in the air that day. So far I don’t have the money to fly around in Jeff Bezos’ new rocket ship but you never know! As you can see in the photo below of my six year old self, I went Trick or Treating dressed as the moon that fall. I don’t have that costume but I do still have the lunar orbiter and lander cutouts that I’m holding in the picture. So I’ve been facinated by the moon for a long time.

To set the images in a book format, I am starting simply. MOON is to be modest in size at 6.5” square and will contain ten images and text on approximately 30 pages. In the spirit of Anna Atkins’ Photography of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843), MOON will be printed photographically using a classic cyanotype formula (no ink involved). The images were shot on 4x5 Kodak TXP. The negatives to print the covers, endpapers, text blocks and other graphics will be created in PhotoShop, using the Futura Medium font, and output onto Pictorico OHP film, which will also be contact printed using cyanotype. For more info about the photographic aspect of this project go to The MOON at   davidsokosh.com

As of this writing (August 2021) the images have been chosen and a concertina binding has been decided upon. That way MOON can be experienced as a hand held book or as a sculptural object. Papers have been tested and Hahnemuhle’s Sumi-e is the winner, hands down! Sumi-e is a heavy tissue, brite white, strong and slightly translucent. I’m working on cover graphics and copy now. The goal is to create a prototype book in September and have examples of presentation materials ready by October 2021. MOON is to be offered with the option of a presentation case, a single editioned 10x8” print or a full set of ten prints. When everything is set, MOON will launch on Kickstarter.

For more information about the image aspect of the project go to the MOON at davidsokosh.com

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Halloween 1969
Color Transparency, 1969

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Cyanotype Contact Printing Test
iPhone Snapshot, 2021

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First Mock Up
iPhone Snapshot, 2021

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Cover Sketches

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Futura Text Block Sketch

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End Paper Sketch 

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Sumi-e Test with White Borders

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Platine Test with Blue Borders

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Sumi-e Floding Tests