I have finally completed and received from Blurb my first hard cover book in five years, Call Me Imagemaker which is about my transition to digital photography. Several years ago I did, The First Half Century, which covered, the analog photography years, 1947-1997. In about 2000/2001, after a fifteen-year hiatus from photography I purchased my first digital camera. The two books overlap to a degree. I included some digital in the first and some analog in the second.
The book is available on Blurb, but for the time being can only be viewed by invitation. The reason for that: I go into detail on stuff that is, or maybe should be, extremely private. If anyone should be so foolish just ask, I will probably send an invitation. [addendum: Okay, after much soul-searching I decided there was only one page I that really made me very uncomfortable. Then after much more soul-searching I said, “Oh to heck with it!” The book is publicly available for viewing all 226 pages. I will only regret this once then I won’t care anymore. I have published it before in greater detail. But that one I did remove from Blurb.
As most know, my books are photography related but they are not about photography—they are about me and the journey I have made with photography. This one gets extremely personal. Much more than most would wish to know. It gazes pretty deeply into the abyss of my early life, but that is okay, it is my abyss. It discusses things that are never ever discussed in polite company. But these things are a part of my life, my photographic journey—so they are there.
I have two quotations that I greatly enjoy about photography. One from the teacher that I consider my mentor, Ralph Hattersley, Jr., “We photograph to understand what our lives mean to us.” And one from Keith Carter,
My plan is to do three books; this one that covers the transition to digital and early digital work; a second on photographing things and a third on photographing my passion, people. I will see if the last two get completed. Call Me Imagemaker took several months to put together so it will be a while before another will be completed. It is 226 pages and available as a hard cover at a price I feel certain no one will pay and as a PDF that is more reasonable but still not cheap. Not counting on a lot of sales, or even any.