Title: Compass Point
Photographer: Darren Sylvester
Date of publication: 2011
Place of publication: Balaclava, VIC, Australia.
Dimensions of book: 270 x 210 mm
Edition size: 1000
Number of pages: 72
Number of images: 39
Cover, Type of binding: Hardcover with JHT cloth
Type of printing: Offset
Type of paper: 200gsm, SPCO matte
Publication designer: Darren Sylvester
Publication editor: Helen Frajman
Retail price: AUS $50
Darren Sylvester, known for his stylised constructed tableaux images redolent of pop culture takes a very different approach in his book Compass Point. In the 1970s and 80s Compass Point Studio, located on the coast of Nassau in the Bahamas, was recognised as one of the great music facilities in the world producing music with a particular sound – that of luxury, decadence and sophistication. Artists such as Grace Jones, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer and Talking Heads all made seminal albums here.
Prompted by rumours that the studio was about to close, Darren Sylvester – a recording musician himself – decided to venture there before it was all over, wanting to focus on the landscape that surrounds the studio as a myth-making and myth-destroying exercise. He wanted to see and convey the same views that musicians who recorded there would see when seeking inspiration.