Publisher: Self published
Size: 15 x 21 cm (approx.)
Harcover with dust jacker, design by Jiři Šigut, text by Matthew Thompson, drawings by Aleksandra Sinkiewicz.
The camino book is the result of several past pilgrimages on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient spiritual trek across northern Spain, prior to any interest in photography, and then walking the Camino Primitivo and Camino Frances again as a photographer. The Camino is a special place, a spiritual trek, both more solitary and contemplative, yet at the same time, social and communal, something transcendent and yet intimate, and is a rare place of community, in a world becoming more and more fractured.
Matthew Thompson follows the traditional calendar, both Christian and Pagan, seeking out rituals, traditions, mysteries, contradictions, both ancient and modern, in a poetic documentary way, looking for pictures that show more than just the content. He is currently working on several long-term book projects. His frequent use of black and white, is primarily due to his colour-blindness, rather than any deliberate aesthetic choice. However, more and more, he has been working in colour.