Perdendosi: Norman McBeath, Edmund de Waal & Alexandra Harris

Perdendosi: an instruction, typically at the end of a piece, for musicians to gradually diminish in volume, tempo and tone, to the point of disappearance. Photographer Norman McBeath uses the term to describe the way his images of fallen leaves portray how they lose colour and volume, turning from living things into something like parchment. During lockdown, McBeath’s images were a constant companion to artist and writer Edmund de Waal, who responds to them here with a series of texts evoking change, decay and transformation, a unique collaboration beautifully documented in a new book from Hazel Press.

McBeath and de Waal was in conversation with Alexandra Harris, Professor of English at Birmingham University and author of Weatherland and Romantic Moderns.