In 2017, I was commissioned by photography collective Southerly Gold, to design a book bringing to life their photographs documenting the parishes (counties elsewhere) at Louisiana’s six "corners." Because of Louisiana’s boot-like shape, there are corners at the northeast, northwest, southwest (the heel of the boot), southeast, then additionally at the top of the boot’s toe, and at the boot’s ankle. These six parishes represent the very different landscapes of Louisiana, from disappearing wetlands to ancient burial mounds, and from piney woods to coastal oil refineries.
The project culminated in a six-volume set of books of photography, called God’s Country, with one book dedicated to each parish. The covers, when laid out together, form a map of Louisiana showing the locations of each parish. They were printed in a limited edition and released on February 19, 2019.
All photos by Southerly Gold.
The individual covers make up a map of Louisiana, showing the relative locations of the parishes.
Louisiana map showing the parish is repeated throughout each book. Endpapers with white printing on vellum.
Each book begins with practical and lyrical information about the parish.
Selected photos are marked with an icon and expanded upon in the back of each book.
Additional information about selected photos at the backs of books.
A custom, hand-made slipcase works as an intro and a colophon for the series of books.