“Ex Occidente Press” – books and mention of my architectural photography

Last month I had the privilege to be presented with a stack of five beautifully cloth bound books, written by British authors, one of whom mentions my architectural photography and articles. They were received from Mr Dan Ghetu, the director of Ex Occidente Press, a small, but dynamic and resourceful English language publishing house with an exclusive international distribution, based in Bucharest, specialised in fantastic and decadent literature, described on its website as “rara et nova fiction of the supernatural, the odd and the weird, the strange and the decadent, the fantastic and the obscure, the very holy and the luxuriously heretical”.

The books are entitled as follows: The Mascarons of the Late Empire & Other Studies by Mark Valentine (2010), The Silver Voices by John Howard (2010), The Wounds of Exile by Reggie Oliver (2010), Cinnabar’s Gnosis: A Homage to Gustav Meyrink collective work (2009) and The Night-farers by Mark Valentine (2009). Photograph collages of the books’ dust-cover, hard back cover and title page are shown bellow.

Two of the authors, John Howard and Mark Valentine are readers of my blog, where John is a regular commenter of the Art Deco and modernist architecture themed articles, while Mark has found inspiration for the title and subject of the lead story of his “Mascarons of the Late Empire” from some my blog articles and photographs as he kindly acknowledges in the postface. Bellow is the photomontage presenting this particular book that contains a collection of four stories:

"The Mascarons of the Late Empire" by Valentine, Ex Occidente Press 2010- covers & title page.

The postface contains, as I mentioned, a kind acknowledgement (see the text image bellow) of my architectural photographs and articles that sparked Mark’s imagination to write the story; a link to that particular blog article and image entitled “The Mascarons of Bucharest” is here. I am grateful for Mark’s appreciation of my ‘fine architectural photography’, as he puts it, an undeveloped visual arts field in Romania, which I strive to develop.

Postface of the "The Mascarons of the Late Empire" by Mark Valentine, Ex Occidente Press, 2010.

John’s book (see the photomontage presentation bellow) contains seven absolutely Continue reading