Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Day 288 — Deckle

Palpable leaves of an old book. Before modern paper trimming processes all books had deckle edges, but it became a status symbol post industrialization. This exquisite edition sports the abhorrent title of Nigger Heaven (penned by Harlem Renaissance guru Carl Van Vechten in 1926). The title refers to the balconies of 19th century churches, when balconies were reserved for African Americans, as the white members of the congregation sat below. 

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/200, f16, ISO 200 plus screw on closeup filter