For thirty-three years Bookman’s Alley bookstore was tucked away in a back alley of Evanston, Illinois. It provided a dizzying array of books, curios, paintings, photographs, historical memorabilia and countless relics. Vintage jazz filled the shop and added to the feeling that one had wandered through a portal to another era. Overstuffed furniture beckoned us to sit, read and dream. It was a place to visit your imagination.
I was fascinated by this unique bookstore and upon learning of its closing, I began photographing it with the the intent of creating a poetic documentary that would invoke the feeling of being there.
As a musician and photographer, I’m always exploring how art in one medium can inform another medium to create a potent offspring. The photographs I captured at the bookstore inspired me to enlist the help of poets, musicians and composers. I asked each one to select a photograph and based on their impressions, to create a soundtrack that would accompany their selection. The results were amazing; juxtaposed with my photographs the accompaniments create a many layered and textured experience for the viewer/listener. The soundtracks express a wide range of emotions, ideas and a vast array of styles.
Click play, then look, listen, and close your eyes every so often to enjoy the daydreams, associations and journey.