Saturday, August 20, 2011

summer reading

I had a lot of books that I wanted to read this summer. While summer isn't over yet and I'm bound to finish more soon, here is how I've done so far:
Books finished
Alchemy - An Introduction to the Symbolism and Psychology - Marie-Louise von Franz (I'd already read most of this, but finally finished it)
Magia Sexualis - Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism - Hugh B. Urban
The Magic Circle - Its Successful Organization and Leadership - Yaj Nomolos (Do not read this book - it is one of the worst things I've ever read)
Earth Honoring - The New Male Sexuality - Robert Lawlor (Some good food for thought here, though I am skeptical of some of the author's claims)
Witchcraft for Tomorrow - Doreen Valiente
Orgone, Reich and Eros - Wilhelm Reich's Theory of Life Energy - Edward Mann

Books that I have started but not finished yet
The Esoteric Philosophy of Love and Marriage - Dion Fortune
Psychic City Chicago - Doorway to Another Dimension - Brad Steiger
Women Who Run With the Wolves - Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype - Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.

In other news, the end of my Kickstarter campaign is fast approaching.  While I've already exceeded the goal (thank you so much, everyone!), you can still get the rewards and help fund my solo exhibition.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kickstarter - putting together a solo exhibit in London!

It's online! I'm now offering a TON of great rewards to those of you interested in helping to fund an upcoming solo exhibition in London. Reproduction prints, darkroom prints - even custom wet plate photographs. Take a look and spread the word!​jects/rikgarrett/rik-garretts-​solo-photography-exhibit-in-lo​ndon

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chicago occult map

A little project I've been working on. Collecting locations of occult organizations and business from Chicago's history. Here is a screenshot of the work in progress, mainly places from around 1910 to the mid-1970s.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Some praise for "Symbiosis"

Here are a few of the responses from people who've ordered their copy of my handmade book, Symbiosis. I've removed names to protect the innocent. I hope that nobody minds!

"Truly intimate and quite delicate feeling too, it really conveys your intentions! I love the glyph on the front , quite beautiful.
I'll stop though, in fear of sounding too sycophantic, however I will treasure it always!"

"Hey, just want to say the book is awesome. I love the wax seal and the cover binding."

"The images and book are so beautiful! I am so glad to have a piece of your art.
I'm taking it to Japan with me to show all my artist friends:)"

"Thank you Mr Rik Garrett for the copy of your handmade book. It's too beautiful to be in this building site I call a home, the quality of the paper is amazing and quite frankly, I'm too scared to touch it with my grubby builder's hands."

"It's beautiful, Rik! Thank you very much(...) I hope you're getting a lot of great feedback, it is deserved."

visit the Symbiosis page to find out more

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Symbiosis video

Discussing the Symbiosis books - their construction, the meaning of the symbolism involved and the genesis of the series of images.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Symbiosis books are finished!

After months of work, my limited edition handmade monograph Symbiosis is now finished and available for sale!

Embossed pink paper cover

Title page, signed and numbered in an edition of only 24.  Typography and layout by Howard Forbes -

Introduction by photographer and curator Danielle Ezzo -

Printed on Hahnemuhle smooth rag 308 gm paper.

Rather than post a million images here, I'll say that there is more information (and images) here:

Saturday, June 18, 2011

books, projects, life..

Nearly a year ago I thought I would pick this up as a way to document all of the things that I'm working on.  Apparently I'm not very good at this.  Besides being busy, I also don't seem to like showing things before they are finished.

In March I finished a handmade book, Vitriol.  It's something of a minor work in my long-running Alchemical book cycle.  Here is a video where I discuss it a bit:

A month ago today, I got engaged.  It's true.  Jane and I are going to get married next summer.

After working on my Symbiosis series for nearly a year and a half, I finally put some of images online.  I've spent the past month or two preparing a series of handmade Symbiosis books which contain 14 images.  The pages themselves I've printed on Hahnemuhle smooth rag 308 gm paper - archival, no optical brighteners.  It's a nice, thick paper that closely resembles the watercolor paper that I like to use for some of my handmade book projects.  The book contains a wonderful introduction written by Danielle Ezzo (, which typographical assistance by Howard Forbes (  The pages are bound with a soft pink cover, and the whole series is limited to only 24 copies.  The books will be released on the summer solstice (this Tuesday).  I've been offering an advance order until then.  On Tuesday I will release more information, and then the price rises just a bit.  For more information, visit:

Last week I finally put some more images from my Earth Magic series online.  Here is one of them:
The rest are on my website:

A couple of weeks ago, I found this camera from around 1915 at an antique store:
It's undergoing minor surgery to prepare for the trek out to the woods.  Soon!

Also, there are always more regular updates here:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Symbiosis" series premier, auction

Symbiosis (Figure 3)
Acrylic paint over analog c-print

Finally able to begin showing images from this series.  This original work is now available for auction via Daniel Cooney Fine Art.  It is part of a curated auction, "Shades of Grey," which has been curated by Danielle Ezzo.!/pages/Rik-Garrett-Photography/195893806921

Friday, January 21, 2011