Crimson Line by Trent Parke
. Second edition (2021). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Crimson Line
Parke was born in the Australian steel city of Newcastle. So, one of his only early childhood memories is accompanying his mother to pick his dad up from work. Travelling through a landscape dominated by ship yards, chimneys, and the BHP steelworks.
Parke has always been interested in the transformative powers of light throughout his career. But it was the ephemeral changing colours of dawn and dusk, the multitude or different reds that made him curious about the colour crimson. He discovered the colour that is used in commercial products is harvested from the crushed and boiled bodies of the female scale insect, the Cochineal. A tiny minute insect who inhabits the pads of the prickly pear cactus and who are also farmed for their crimson dye. A dye also now used primarily in cosmetics and food colouring.
Scarlet, magenta, orange, and crimson, are the coloured dyes produced by the Cochineal. They also seem to feature spectacularly in the colours of creation. As seen in an Eagle Nebula during the birth of a new star and recorded by the Hubble space telescope. Parke also remembers these colours of birth and blood from the bath water, the umbilical cord and placenta, at the birth of his sons.
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