Been moving the OFFICIAL OTTAWA fotos around, selecting, ordering them on paper. It's interesting to see what's there and how it looks on spreads and turns.
I've been using rudimentary software and getting magazine-size publications printed by Blurb. Problem with Blurb, though, is they only perfect bind and I'm sure I want some of the OO pix to go across the gutter. Perfect binding sucks at that, you lose stuff in the gutter.
But, like I say, it's been an education working with the images. Even though there's the gutter issue, not to mention the size I'm getting from Blurb (8.5 x 11 in.) is considerably smaller than the final publication will be, being able to see the images in book form is helping me a lot.
There are a few approaches to edit/sequence; most serious fotogs will pin work prints to a board, move the actual physical fotos around, as opposed to working with their virtual counterparts. In the end I always get the good-old work-print/board thing going. But being able to hold, handle and turn pages seems like a swell first step. And these days, what with POD being so easy, it makes sense to me to rough stuff out in this way.
Of course, the hard work is still to come, the agonizing before the actual locking down and production of the "finished" product.
Getting ready to send some of the 2nd edition of Back to me., by Christina Riley, to their new homes.
The 2nd edition of Back to me., by Christina Riley, has arrived from the printer.
The pre-orders will be packed and mailed this weekend. If you haven't ordered one yet . . . what are you waiting for? This book, which Pete Brook called "tense, honest and important" is slim but, after you've looked through it once you'll either want to go back to the beginning and look again, or put it down and think about it.
And . . . we're slowly getting SadCity, by Scot Sothern, sorted.
Right now we're working on the binding. We're having this book French Stitched and the first sample of the binding left something to be desired, so it's back to the drawing board, turning over stones to see how we can make it work.
We're also planning on leaving in the creep (the bits of the page that stick out when the folios are put together, this is usually trimmed).
SADCITY, by Scot Sothern. Coming this fall . . .
When I was in high school there was this kid named Carl who had a cleft pallet and honked like a goose when he talked. He was probably the worst looking kid in town; he had acne and he was pigeon-toed. One day, on my motorcycle, a BSA Hornet, in the school parking lot, Carl rode his bycycle into my path and I centerpunched him. Carl and his stack of books and his lunch box went flying. I rode around him and I imitated his goose voice. “Hey Carl, watch the fuck where you’re going?” Other kids were watching and I did a wheelie and zoomed out into the traffic. I wonder if Carl remembers it the way I do.
We've thought long and hard about the editioning of STRAYLIGHT books. Our tactic (if you can call it that) is to print as many copies of each publication as we can afford (our mothers having taught us that debt is bad). That this approach leads to limited editions is a byproduct of our fiscal responsibilities and not some cynical attempt to create rarity. We're not that interested in books as a fetish (though we are interested in making sure our publications look and feel, for lack of a better word, nice).
Which brings us to Back to me., by Christina Riley. We printed 100 copies, which sold out in less than a month and a half. This book really struck a cord and the reviews were excellent. As a result STRAYLIGHT has decided to produce a 2nd edition. This new iteration of Back to me. is slightly smaller than the 1st edition (8x8 inches as opposed to 8.5x 8.5), is printed on slightly less weighty paper (80lb stock as opposed to 100lb) and is not signed or numbered, but contains all the original images.
The 2nd edition will, like the 1st edition, come with an original 5x7 inch print . . .
So, you might ask, "Why should I get a 1st edition of any STRAYLIGHT publication if you will be doing 2nd editions?"
First of all, we may not do 2nd editions of every sold out publication, it depends. And the 1st editions will always be bigger, printed on nicer paper and numbered. We're not into creating rarity, we want anyone who wants to have and to hold a STRAYLIGHT publication to have the opportunity. But the 1st editions will always be more special.
Back to me., 2nd edition, is now available for pre-order. Delivery expected early September. Order your copy here.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Conscientious, Joerg (The Blogfather) Colberg's seminal and influential blog, fotobloggers around the world were asked to share the occasion by talking about the future of photography. To talk about what's bold, brave and new in the photo-world.
I'm honoured that Colin Pantall has seen fit to mention LIVE THROUGH THIS in this context. Surprising in a way because the photos don't allude to the history, uses or future of photography.
No. Colin saw them as a possible way forward simply because of their engagement with the subject.