We like to do things the Blue Peter way round at Fowler Towers, so for the cover of ‘Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared’, Strange Attractor Press’s Mark Pilkington got the excellent SF Said to photograph a little set I’d knocked up using a camera he’d been given, an old large-format Poloroid that makes everything look as if it was photographed in 1972.
Whether he takes landscapes or close ups, the result is genuinely peculiar; in each case he appears to have produced something you might have found in the back of a cupboard. One problem is the film stock, which is long out of date and must be kept in Clingfilm at a low temperature to survive. The finished cover is struck directly from the pos print, there being no other, and the book will soon be available. The ‘Invisible Ink’ column continues in the Indie every Sunday – meanwhile, here’s the actual Poloroid.