Posts Tagged ‘book’

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A short while ago, I published this post:

Publishing Four Very Important Photo Books in 2019

Since then, I’ve completed three of the books (one person couldn’t get it together) and they’re on their way. In the process, here’s what I learned.

1. People don’t know where their photos are.
2. They don’t know how to find them when they try searching.
3. They feel overwhelmed with too many to choose from to pick 50.
4. The photo quality is variable, from low-resolution to print-resolution.
5. They’re confused with how to save and export photos.
6. Everything about it is difficult.

 

 

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This all fascinates me. We live in a technologically-advanced age and we think more is more, and we have it better than anyone ever did with so many things, photography included, and yet people can’t find their photos when they need to print them.

We really are in an age where photography is enjoyed for a second on a phone–that’s where they’re made for and consumed–and then dismissed.

You would think things would be easier now, with all the photos we’re taking, that they would automatically be instantly available. But that’s the problem with too much of anything, it just accumulates and confuses–“Where do I find the one I want among this glut of images? Those old hard drives? Laptop computers I used to use?”

Does photography as a book or a print on a wall, is that an idea from a bygone era, like the tintype, cabinet cards and daguerreotypes?

Maybe that’s what I’m doing.  You never know.  Fred McDarrah was documenting Greenwich Village in the 1960s and didn’t know he was in the middle of the many revolutions that were to come–1950s to 1960s, beat generation to Vietnam war generation, folk music to punk rock–he saw it all and photographed it.

I’m reading his book, Fred W. McDarrah, New York Scenes.  Very well done.  But he didn’t know he was documenting a significant period in time.  He was just documenting, and the revolution of the 1960s revealed itself after the moments (and chances to photograph) were long gone.

That’s why I wonder if that’s what I’m documenting, a significant time of change, or even the end days.  If the climate ends up knocking us off this planet to save itself, well, if there’s anyone to come, later, they’ll have my photos of the last days.

I’ve been documenting America with a few other photographers for a little over a year on my project, RoyStryker.com, and I am thrilled that the viewership is building, but mostly, that I’m over a year into it.  Because I wonder what it will be in 10 years, assuming we’re still here.  Time makes projects relevant.

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I’m about ten years into my street photography documentary project: ColoradoFaces.com

So, here’s my advice: That thing you wish you started 10 years ago? Start today and you’ll be glad you did in 10 years.  Because there’s nothing like the element of time to add significance to a project.

I hope we’re not at our end days.  But I’m just documenting what is in front of me, photographing my world.  Time will tell its significance.