A “Simply Breath-taking!” Coffee Table Book
Creative Continuum and Identity Crisis are pleased to announce their jointly-published photographic art book, The California Missions as Art by Terry Reinbold has received a Davey Award.
This fine art book draws from a decade of Reinbold’s photography of the California Missions and involves the manual manipulation of Polaroid SX-70 emulsions. The painterly look that this process creates with the manipulated images intrigue everyone who experiences them. “It was fun to see what entirely new image I could produce from a photo of most any subject,” says Reinbold. “Instead of just making an image of something already in existence, I was really creating a totally new image, an altered reality if you will, of something that I had photographed. Being in total control of an image throughout the entire creative process is very important to an artist. This photographic style gave me that ability more than any other type of photography with which I had ever been involved.”
It didn’t take long for the idea of photographing the missions in this style to enter Reinbold’s consciousness. Over the years, he had revisited a few of these stately old outposts to make photographs of them; but he never really got on film what he was feeling, what he was trying to express. His first mission effort in this new style came in 1997 when his oldest daughter’s 4th grade class had to do a “mission project”—as all 4th graders in California do as part of their history class. She was assigned Mission San Antonio de Padua, near King City, in central California. So, one long holiday weekend, Terry and his daughter drove up there so she could do an interview with the local Pastor to finish her project.
"It was there that I began mine," Reinbold recalls. "Now, five years later, I’ve finally completed my quest to create images of all 21 California Missions in a new light."
Admittedly, this is an unusual book, not the typical kind of tome one usually sees in gift shops and book stores. To some degree, by limitation of the type of camera used, but more importantly, because of what I wanted to focus on, (pun intended!) this portfolio consists almost entirely of architectural shots... and even more specifically... outdoor architectural shots (and a few still-lifes) of some of the oldest, most interesting, and historical buildings in the state... the California Missions.
The Davey Awards is an international creative award focused exclusively on honoring the outstanding creative work from the best of small firms worldwide. The 2007 Davey Awards received over 4,000 nominations from ad agencies, interactive agencies, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms and public relations firms.
David defeated the mighty Goliath with a big idea and a little rock. That is the sort of thing small firms do every day. The Davey Awards honors the achievement of the “creative Davids” where strength comes from ideas, intelligence and out-of-the-box thinking, not “Goliath’s” bankroll. Great work is about fresh ideas and exceptional execution, not the biggest budgets.
The Davey is judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA) and underwritten by The Creative Group and AdWeek Magazine.
Creative Continuum, the short-run book publisher, produces high-quality limited run books including family and personal histories, hardcover and paperback children’s books, art books, training manuals and other limited-edition books. Our 4,100-square foot facility is located in Fullerton, California.
The California Missions as Art
- library edition hardback with a printed cover
- Published in 2007
- 100 copies published
- 192 pages
The panoramic spreads below are 20" wide.