Fiona Pardington’s thirty-year career encompasses many diverse approaches to photography. The challenge for this book for City Gallery Wellington and Victoria University Press was to create an identity and publication that honored her strident and unique vision. The title, A Beautiful Hesitation, provided the final direction – one that tapped into the rich romanticism of her practice. Each chapter begins with a feature page that brings together a title, quotation or image and unique pattern fashioned from typographic fleurons, which also feature on the endpapers and wrap around the book’s spine. This is the design’s romantic flourish.
The large format printed publication is accompanied by apps for iPad and smartphone that retain all of the printed book’s qualities and embellishments.