I went looking for a ship is a navigation through the landscape of shipping, following the major renovation of the sea lock in IJmuiden, the most important access to the port of Amsterdam.
Natascha Libbert documents the life inside the technical zone on and around the locks, the port of Amsterdam and the ships. She focused on themes such as destruction and construction, the increasing public invisibility of maritime transport, and the way in which the landscape is constantly changing as a result of shipping. She decided to look for a ship to be able to observe everything from another perspective and to get a grip on this landscape in transformation. Eventually, she took passage on a ship that picks up quarried stone from a mountain in Norway.
In I went looking for a ship, Libbert’s research and logs are the common thread, where the earthly images set the visual tone: sometimes technical, sometimes abstract and poetic. Through the use of archival footage, reference images and research, she not only highlights the history of the locks, but also tells about specific characteristics of the maritime space and the similarities between divers and astronauts.
I went looking for a ship is a book about a personal quest into the maritime space and the invisibility of its landscape, in which the ships never stop sailing.
The publication was presented at the Unseen Photography Fair in Amsterdam and at Polycopies in Paris and has been co-funded by the Mondriaan Fund and AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).
Awarded with the Best Dutch Book Designs 2018
Backstage (interview Monsterkamer)
160 pages | 205 × 300 mm | English
The Eriskay Connection, Breda, 2018
Typefaces: Univers and Century Schoolbook
Papers: Munken Lynx Rough 100 gsm, Curious Black Matter Truffle 135 gsm, Pop’set Storm 80 gsm, Clairefontaine Trophée Pastel Rose 80 gsm, Curious Black Matter Truffle 270 gsm (cover), 285 gsm Stardream Rose Quartz (cover)
Lithographer: Marc Gijzen, Voorburg
Producer: Jos Morree (Fine Books), Weesp
Printer: Full-color by GrafiPlaza, Mijdrecht and duotone by Lenoirschuring, Amsterdam
Binding: Otastar with flaps and foil stamping by Brepols, Turnhout (BE)