Jim Naughten

Mountains of Kong
Kickstarter Funded, 2019
Hard Back
Publisher: Hoop Editions
Dimensions: 21 x 21

'Mountains of Kong' - a 3D stereoscopic photo book documenting the flora and fauna of a long-lost mythical landscape.


The Mountains of Kong appeared of the finest maps of the world for over a hundred years before they were declared to be non existent. First 'discovered' by Scottish explorer Mungo Park in 1798, they ran from Guinea in West Africa and continued eastwards connecting to the ( also fictitious ) Mountains of the Moon. During the following hundred years explorers returned with wild tales of an impassible mountain range, 'pink, snow capped, flowing with gold' and teeming with strange exotic animals as they grew in size and stature on maps of Africa. Finally, in 1889, French explorer Louis Binger returned from his expedition and burst the bubble : they simply did not exist.


My stereoscopic images were made in Scottish and Welsh mountains, and some fantastic natural history museums around the world. Colours were added to enhance the mythical nature, and aquatic and non-African animals added to menagerie. Anything goes in the Mountains of Kong ! The book will contain a folding stereoscopic viewer, a full set of 35 stereoscopic images, a foreword by photography curator Susan Bright, a brilliant historical essay but Jon Loades-Carter, and a text on stereoscopy by Denis Pellerin, director of the London Stereoscopic Company. This will be my third collaboration with Hoop Design, who share my passion for the medium.