Across the Sea and Back

Across the Sea and Back is an exhibition catalog showcasing the written works of Henry David Thoreau and the photographic works of Pey-Jing Li Mehrinfar. Each poem or excerpt of Thoreau’s writing about his hometown is accompanied by photographs of Mehrinfar’s hometowns of Houston, Texas, and Tou Liu, Taiwan. Much like Thoreau’s writing about Concord, Massachusetts, this catalog is intended to take the viewer through a journey of different places of the familiar, yet foreign. Like Thoreau’s writings, Mehrinfar’s photography explores the everyday beauty around her, regardless of the locale.



Publication Design & Photography


A man must generally get away some hundreds or thousands of miles from home before he can be said to begin his travels. Why not begin his travels at home?
— Henry David Thoreau

The book is case bound with a cloth cover and hand-stitched using the Coptic binding method to give the entire book the feeling of an old-world, hand-crafted style. The pages are housed in a book cover showcasing one of the photographs in the book.




The subject of the book lends itself to an old-fashioned style of type. In choosing the typefaces for this exhibition catalog, a sophisticated look was ideal with typography that would be predominately a serif typeface. Mrs Eaves, a transitional serif typeface, with its origins in the Baskerville typeface family, works as the catalog’s primary typography. Its complement, Mr Eaves, serves as a secondary typeface for the captions and credits.




The color for the typography remains a subtle yet important aspect of the exhibition catalog. Colors were drawn from a photograph exhibited in the book and represent the colors one would see in nature, urban landscapes, and city architecture. This vibrant orange also appears on the end sheets of the book itself, adding a splash of color to the earthen beige used as the cloth book cover.