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abstracts: from Airstreams to ampersands

Ampersand Abstract #1, Vancouver 2010

© Leslie Hossack

Each day for the past week or so, I have been posting photographs of a vintage Airstream travel trailer. These images are part of my series called Airstream Abstracts. Today I am starting a new series: Ampersand Abstracts.

In 2010 I took a letterpress printing workshop in Vancouver, and I became fascinated with wooden type. I spent more time in the letterpress room photographing the beautifully handcrafted blocks than typesetting. This series of images celebrates the expressive art of traditional letterpress printing.

With the abstract photographs presented here, I set out to explore the intricate relationship between contemporary photography and traditional printing. Letterpress images are printed by hand, one colour at a time, when a raised inked surface is pressed into paper. Today in the digital darkroom, photographs are still crafted one image at a time and then printed on an inkjet printer.

Of all the typographical characters that I encountered in the type drawers, the ampersand was my favourite. I photographed every ampersand wooden type block that I could find; I also printed each one by hand on a table top printer in the letterpress room. The ampersand abstracts in this series were then created in my digital darkroom by combining the original photograph of the wooden type face and a representation of what that character would look like when printed using black ink.

the Airstream is now an octogenarian

Icing, Winter 2007

© Leslie Hossack

The Airstream trailer is now an octogenarian. Over 80 years ago, the very first Airstream was built by Wally Byam in 1930. His dream was to produce a perfect trailer that would move like a stream of air. The body, which is made of lightweight aluminum, is held together by an average of more than 2,500 rivets. To this day, the signature shape of an Airstream trailer is recognized around the world.

The image shown above is from a grouping called Airstream Abstracts. The photographs in this series were taken over the course of an entire year. In 2007, they were part of my solo exhibition entitled The Four Seasons.

When the old stone church next door was sold in 2003, our new neighbour installed an Airstream trailer to live in during renovations. And so began my love affair with a travel trailer. This vintage icon appears to be an Airstream International Sovereign Land Yacht built in the early 1970s.

In the beginning, the Airstream was parked in the open churchyard. There it mirrored the blues of the sky and the greens of the grass throughout the long summer days.

Later in September, as the days grew shorter, the trailer was moved into the trees behind the church where it reflected the reds and golds of autumn, the sparkling whites of winter, and the tender yellow-greens of spring.

a perfect trailer that moves like a stream of air

Snowy Window, Winter 2007

© Leslie Hossack

The image shown above is from a grouping called Airstream Abstracts. The photographs in this series were taken over the course of an entire year. In 2007, they were part of my solo exhibition entitled The Four Seasons.

When the old stone church next door was sold in 2003, our new neighbour installed an Airstream trailer to live in during renovations. And so began my love affair with a travel trailer. This vintage icon appears to be an Airstream International Sovereign Land Yacht built in the early 1970s.

In the beginning, the Airstream was parked in the open churchyard. There it mirrored the blues of the sky and the greens of the grass throughout the long summer days.

Later in September, as the days grew shorter, the trailer was moved into the trees behind the church where it reflected the reds and golds of autumn, the sparkling whites of winter, and the tender yellow-greens of spring.

The very first Airstream was built in 1930 by Wally Byam; his dream was to produce a perfect trailer that would move like a stream of air. The body, which is made of lightweight aluminum, is held together by an average of more than 2,500 rivets.

To this day, the signature shape of an Airstream trailer is recognized around the world.

Airstream trailers are designer-label expensive.


EA Dot M, Autumn 2006


Mirrored, Autumn 2006

© Leslie Hossack

These two images are from a grouping called Airstream Abstracts. The photographs in this series were taken over the course of an entire year. In 2007, they were part of my solo exhibition entitled The Four Seasons.

When the old stone church next door was sold in 2003, our new neighbour installed an Airstream trailer to live in during renovations. And so began my love affair with a travel trailer. This vintage icon appears to be an Airstream International Sovereign Land Yacht built in the early 1970s.

In the beginning, the Airstream was parked in the open churchyard. There it mirrored the blues of the sky and the greens of the grass throughout the long summer days. Later in September, as the days grew shorter, the trailer was moved into the trees behind the church where it reflected the reds and golds of autumn, the sparkling whites of winter, and the tender yellow-greens of spring.

The very first Airstream was built in 1930 by Wally Byam; his dream was to produce a perfect trailer that would move like a stream of air. The body, which is made of lightweight aluminum, is held together by an average of more than 2,500 rivets.

Airstream trailers are designer-label expensive, costing two to three times more than comparable trailers. The signature shape of an Airstream is recognized around the world.

Vintage: from Israeli posters to American trailers

Airstream trailers are held together by an average of more than 2,500 rivets.

October Abstract #1, Autumn 2006

© Leslie Hossack

Each day for the past few weeks, I have been posting my photographs of the vintage Israeli posters that were on display in Ben Gurion Airport when I visited Tel Aviv last May.

Today I am starting a new “vintage” series called Airstream Abstracts. These photographs were taken back home in Canada, over the course of an entire year. In 2007, they were part of a larger solo exhibition entitled The Four Seasons.

When the old stone church next door was sold in 2003, our new neighbour installed an Airstream trailer to live in during renovations. And so began my love affair with a travel trailer. This vintage icon appears to be an Airstream International Sovereign Land Yacht built in the early 1970s.

In the beginning, the Airstream was parked in the open churchyard. There it mirrored the blues of the sky and the greens of the grass throughout the long summer days.

Later in September, as the days grew shorter, the trailer was moved into the trees behind the church where it reflected the reds and golds of autumn, the sparkling whites of winter, and the tender yellow-greens of spring.

The very first Airstream was built in 1930 by Wally Byam; his dream was to produce a perfect trailer that would move like a stream of air. The body, which is made of lightweight aluminum, is held together by an average of more than 2,500 rivets.

To this day, the signature shape of an Airstream trailer is recognized around the world.