Illuminata is a collaboration between artist Kevin Kegler and poet Christopher Fritton. A project two years in the making, the book unites abstract photographs of light and experimental poetry surrounded by ghostly letterpress forms.
The 20-page work is a testament to ephemerality and effervescence, with full-page photos and double-page spreads of reflected light. 7 photos are interspersed with parts of a single poem in 13 sections; accompanying the poems are phantom prints of loosely arranged letters that mirror the photographic images.
The final result is a large-format folio hardcover book measuring 10.25″ x 15.5″. The book is bound in grey-green bookcloth with Brown Speckletone French Paper endpapers and vellum inlays. The photographs are giclée prints; all text and phantom prints were hand-letterpressed using 18-point and 10-point Garamond metal type on an antique Vandercook 219 Proving Machine. The paper is Hahnemuhle Bamboo.