David O'Mara has been documenting his life working as a painter and decorator in London for nearly 15 years, his photographs capturing the labour, friendships and environments of working on building sites. His first book, If you can piss…, drawing from this long-standing project, was published in 2019. More recently, David has been making limited edition handmade books that eschew the normal materials to create unique documents that speak to the photographic content.
During the pandemic lockdowns and enforced absence of work, David revisited his archive of negatives taken while working on a numerous building sites. His chosen selection of 35 images were hand printed at home in his darkroom, and Spit and Sawdust is the result of those reflections.
Edition of five hand-sewn books made of decorator’s lining paper, with unique covers created using house paint - materials found on all building sites. 31 x 25cm. 36p containing 35 tipped-in hand printed photos on Ilford resin coated paper.