“Teju Cole’s photography and writing join together to form what really is a book of poetry—gorgeously cloth-bound and the kind of book you want to keep on display long after you’ve done the reading.”
Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
Teju Cole wears many hats simultaneously – he is a prominent novelist, writes powerful essays and takes photographs that receive international acclaim – and he wears them brilliantly. He is the master of doing the unexpected and Blind Spot is no exception. In this book, Cole takes his readers through his artistic vision and, at the same time, refines eye, voice and intellectual obsessions.
Blind Spot has over one hundred and fifty full-color photos, all of which are Cole originals. Each photo comes complete with prose that is rhapsodic and expressive. The book is almost a journal, albeit a multimedia one, that chronicles his many travels. One gets to see mountain ranges in Switzerland, a park in Berlin, a Brooklyn parking lot and the exterior of a church in Lagos amongst others. There are visuals of both interiors and exteriors that have triggered Cole’s fantasies, thoughts, introspections, and memories.
When he sees the ships in Capri, he finds himself contemplating various works by writers ranging from Edna O’Brien to Homer. In Wannsee, a hotel room is a trigger for a dream about a friend’s death, a dream that is quite disturbing. In Tivoli, he comes across a house that starts a transformative period for him – a period which results in a change in his photography and his way of looking at things.
Cole is one of the most powerful voices in literature; he is also one of the most original. Blind Spot is a beautiful creation and a tribute to the art of seeing.