The eighty photographs contained in this book are representative of what I believe to be some of the best work I’ve done over the past ten years. It is a project that has been in process for all of this time, something that I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a personal project not born out of any desire to make any money. Photo books do not make money. The image selection, sequencing and design of the book were all done be me consuming countless hours spread over a three month period. Producing a book is a tremendous effort requiring long hours and countless editing and proofing iterations. It’s an 8”x8” hard cover book with a dust jacket printed and bound by Edition One Books. The staff at Edition One were outstanding to work with. I highly recommend them if you’re considering a high quality photo book.
At this point in time there’s no large marketing effort. I do have a small number of copies that are being offered for sale. There’s an introductory video on my video page containing some additional details. Please reach out to me if you’re interested.
I’m honored to have one of my pieces, “A Dead Rose”, selected by juror Amy Holmes George for inclusion the Darkroom Gallery - Portrait 2019 exhibit.
“The heart doth recognise thee,
Alone, alone! The heart doth smell thee sweet,
Doth view thee fair, doth judge thee most complete,-
Though seeing now those changes that disguise thee.”
Excerpt from A Dead Rose by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Model credit: Astrid Kallsen
A few thoughts on post processing in the digital world.
There is an incredibly large pool of resources available on the Internet and I use many of them regularly. Most of what I use them for is to gain the technical knowledge of the tools to achieve some desired result. That is to say that my approach is to gain the technical knowledge and then the real work begins. The real work being applying that knowledge to achieve the results I’m looking for in my photographs. It’s clear that we work hard and are passionate about our work. Editing, or post processing as I prefer to call it is a critical component in the process of making strong photographs. The result, however, starts at the beginning when the concept is conceived, the set designed, etc… If any of these steps fail or break down, no amount of post processing can fix it. If you begin with a strong concept and image the editing becomes much easier unless you’re doing composites or something that requires extensive post processing in which case the technical skills become more of a factor. Either way it takes time and practice. I’ll spend time post processing images that no one will ever see as a means of developing my vision and the technical skills required to achieve it.