The Art of Darkness

October Leaves

October 6th, 2010 by Cobwebs

October LeavesScience fiction author Michael Swanwick wrote a short story last fall, one word at a time, on autumn leaves.

I photographed the leaves where I found them — in parks and cemeteries and city streets — and then left them where they lay, possibly to be found by puzzled passers-by. To indicate paragraph breaks, I used photos of gravestones from historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.

The story is available for free in a Flickr set, but if you want a physical copy you can purchase one at Blurb.

This technique could be used for other things, too; I love the idea of a party invitation or other message being conveyed through photographs of leaves.

(via BoingBoing)

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  1. pdq Says:

    That just leaves me stiff with delight. I love finding the odd musings of others in strange places (like the asphalt messages in Philly). Paper is just scrap stuff but writing on leaves would certainly get attention. I’ll be spending the evening scribbling stuff & tomorrow gathering leaves.

  2. xJane Says:

    This is gorgeous!

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