'No bird sang'

The project 'In the beginning no bird sang', a photo, video and sound installation, is about IJburg. Jean, a blind man, introduces me to this new part of Amsterdam. For 1,5 years I followed him. We walked the island for hours at a time. Jean is a really special man: he knows almost every bird in IJburg and has amazing stories to tell about all of them. The most important thing that I learned during my time with Jean is not to use my eyes, but to listen to the city. through his 'eyes' I photographed IJburg.

The result is a really special project, that consists not only of a publication and a photography and video installation, but a sound installation as well. The sound installation was made in collaboration with Hannes Wallrafen, an Amsterdam audiographic artist (and former photographer) who is blind as well. Together with Jean he made an audio portrait of IJburg.

You can see the book on display here.
Specifications: 170 x 214 mm / 112 pages / color / English text, 40 color photos, 4 real prints in the book, 12 oscillograms with sounds of birds by Anais Lopez. To be found and listened to with the Layar app or (later) on my website. 6 dust covers. Price: €32,-
Graphic Design Teun van der Heijden.
Edition: 500 copies, October 2013, self published. 250 copies sold in the first two weeks!

Do you want to order this book? Please send me an email at: postanais@gmail.com

Note: With the financial support of - amongst others - AFK - Mondriaan and various funds for the visually impaired and also thanks to the people who bought the book in advance we were able to make and publish this project.