Riley and his story. is the result of a collaboration Monica Haller initiated with Iraq war veteran, Riley Sharbonno. It combines text from their conversations over three years with his images from combat. Graphic design by Matthew Rezac.
This project is about what a book is, what reading is, what interacting with images is. How a book is deployed, disseminated, and staged all change the way it is used. Evolving technologies, or redeploying of old technologies, changes the way information is received.
What does it mean to offer this digital archive between the two covers of a book? Will the reader focus? Turn off her cell phone? Pay close attention? How does a stable, physical object both limit and liberate actual human experience?
Can such a book mobilize a reader? Can that reader move another reader?