Limited to only 1500 copies, cloth bound, foil blocked and printed on high quality craft paper, the PEEL book features 30 plates of colour images taken by ‘PEEL’ students. Each photograph folds out from beneath its paired poem, so the reader engages with the poetry before revealing the portrait. The latter section of the book features helpful information for youth group leaders and teachers considering running a ‘PEEL’ workshop of their own.
The book has been produced to the highest standards and features a cloth-bound hardback cover, foil stamped in gold with gold endpapers. A special metallic gold ink has been used throughout.
The book comes shrink-wrapped together with one of nine lenticular prints. The prints are scaled down versions of the prints used in the PEEL exhibition. The lenticular technology allows the poem to be viewed from one angle and the accompanying photographic portrait from another.
The first edition of the ‘PEEL’ book will also be launched at the private view in September 2017 and a limited number of signed copies will be available.
Social media, self-expression and self-identity present growing problems for young people. Trying to establish a true identity, whilst finding themselves within a ‘selfie’ culture of carefully curated Facebook and Instagram lives, has never been harder.
The exhibition and accompanying book are the culmination of a three-year study. Working with groups of young people, photography and poetry were used to explore their identity and uncover who they are rather than just what they look like.
All net proceeds of this project are invested into programmes and initiatives concerned with youth at risk, or in recovery from, drugs and alcohol.