Fishing hooks on wooden crates* at Beophwan Village. Seogwipo City, South Korea. © Matt Lemon Photography. All Rights Reserved.
“I gather colours, for winter is grey.” – Frederick
Six years ago, during a longer-than-anticipated stint in Berlin, I collected colours while rediscovering my native town, Berlin. Having recently relocated to Seogwipo, Korea’s southernmost city, I now do the same over here.
*This photo was taken in Beophwan Village, Korea’s southernmost coastal village, and if you know the name of these “hook crates”, please do leave a comment below as I struck out trying to find it.
Frederick by Leo Lionni
Leo Lionni (May 5, 1910 – October 11, 1999) was an author and illustrator of children’s books. Born in the Netherlands, he moved to Italy and lived there before moving to the United States in 1939, where he worked as an art director for several advertising agencies, and then for Fortune magazine. He returned to Italy in 1962 and started writing and illustrating children’s books.
Lionni produced more than 40 children’s books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts (A.I.G.A.) Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner—for Inch by Inch (1961), Swimmy (1964), Frederick (1968), and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (1970). He also won the German Youth Literature Prize (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis) in 1965. Lionni always thought of himself as an artist. He worked in many disciplines including, especially, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. He had one-man shows in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He continued to work as an artist until just before his death in 1999.
Lionni uses earth tones in his illustrations that are close to the actual colours of the objects found in nature. Mice are consistently found as characters in Lionni’s books, such as the star character in Frederick. Lionni’s illustrations have been compared to those of Eric Carle as both often employ animals, birds, insects, and other creatures to tell a story about what it is to be human. In 2007, Frederick was named among the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the National Education Association of the United States.
Lionni’s book is often compared to Aesop’s fable The Ant and the Grasshopper, which sums up moral lessons about the virtues of hard work and planning for the future. In Fredrick, a field mouse, in a community narrowly focused on efficiently gathering for the winter, concentrates instead on gathering impressions. When the other mice question the usefulness of this, Frederick insists that ‘gathering sun rays for the cold dark winter days’ is also work. Indeed, the community comes to recognise this after the food has run out and morale is low, when it is Frederick’s poetry that raises their spirits. [Source: Wikipedia]