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Lya Edwards’ Partial is built around themes of isolation and haphazardness, and the result is a beautiful book that makes you feel solitary, and just a little bit discombobulated — in the best possible way.

One of many reasons that Partial is so appealing is that the cover is wonderfully representative of these themes. It contains a strong image, one that surprises and attracts the viewer, and the image really works with the title to shape the entire body of work from the the very beginning.

We checked in with Lya about how she selected her cover, and she had some interesting things to say:

“I spent a good while fretting over the format of the book because I didn’t want something that looked too much like a photo book but rather a composite of pictures. So since I chose the smallest square format, I chose one of my square pictures. I felt the cover image truly represented what I was trying to accomplish with Partial: an appealing emptiness, a thoughtfulness dedicated to nothing, and nostalgia.

The cover image is a simple scene: you have a segment of an empty street with the notification of the speed zone and limit obviously unattended to, a fragment of drying greenery in the upper right-hand corner, and a shadow of the top of an unknown tree in the lower left. These elements repeated themselves in different ways and while I kept shooting, I realized that I had been unknowingly forming some sort of photographic math equation. It didn’t matter where I went, whether I was in Oakland or San Francisco, the same things kept showing themselves to me, and that was probably because I was partial to them.”

You can see more of Lya’s work here.

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4 Comments

  1. This is truly a gifted young woman. I would like to know how I can find follow her career from now into the future. I will definitely get a copy of her book. It’s not just that I really feel the isolation, emptiness and nostalgia of her work, which I do, I also believe it will comand and ever increasing market price as she becomes known as a photographic and graphic artist that she clearly is.

      July 9, 2008 – 5:08 pm   Permalink
  2. sheer brilliance – the type of brilliance only found when you look at stars through a smoggy night sky.
    kid, you’ll go far.
    you better believe it!

    By Azure Edwards
      July 9, 2008 – 8:30 pm   Permalink
  3. this is very refreshing to see someone who finds the beauty’ in the ordinary and mundane. lya edwards verifies the statement, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
    what a great name(partial)??!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 12, 2008 – 6:10 pm   Permalink
  4. isolation and haphazardness along with calm and serenity way above expectation from such a young lady!

    By golaleh Daryoush
      September 18, 2008 – 11:05 am   Permalink

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