A weekend of reflections.
A weekend of reflections.
For the simple joy of it.
It could go either way, she thought.
Yes, it’s an excerpt.
Meanwhile I’ve decided to share on more regular basis the daily snapshots I take. These are my iPhone pictures and like millions of other people I too cannot resist using that gadget just for that purpose. It’s an addiction. I love it. And seriously I do consider it part of the practice – my personal artistic practice. The three above are little landscapes close to my heart.
Coming up – a post about Bill Jacobson’s Last Roll.
It occurred to her that the grey haired man, sitting at the table diagonally to her left, was quite possibly sharing the same moment.
Making the book. Getting closer. Soon.
Soon there will be the official book dummy and I can’t wait to hold it in my hands and kiss it! Yep, it really is that exciting and I have a feeling this version might just be the one closest to my heart.
In the meantime here’s an update on the process so far:
I’m becoming adapt at InDesign. Teaching myself through trial and error and more error. I’d like to thank all those YouTube folks for their ‘How to..” posts. Don’t know how I’d do without those videos. Each time I learn a new trick I feel like jumping up and down. Literally! By now I’ve gotten a nice groove going where it no longer feels like I’m in a foreign country and can’t speak the language. Seeing the page spreads roll out of the printer is akin to magic. At times I’m reminded of the darkroom days when the photographic image began emerging in the developer tray.
The Epson 4900 is a beauty. The print quality is really superb although I will need to tweak settings here and there. Mainly the shadow areas sometimes go too dark, especially when the image is contrasty to begin with. The paper I chose to print on is Hahnemühle Photo Rag Book & Album. It’s coated on both sides and it’s 100% cotton with a dreamy smooth matte texture that gives the images a kind of a depth. The weight of the paper has a pliability I was looking for – when your turn the page it feels like a page should, it bends and curves. It unveiles and covers.
The editing and sequencing of the layout so far looks good. Of course using double-sided paper makes the printing take longer since the printed pages should be left for a least 24 hours to dry properly. For the actual edition production I might even give it 48 hours just to make sure the image weds with the page.
The book dummy is a companion – your guide – to the finished product. Each step informs the next. Just the other day I made a page/image change. At this point I just need to print the last two spreads, which will have text. In couple of days when all the pages will fimally work together, the next exciting stage of this journey will begin: making desicions on bookbinding, end-pages, cover and all the related matters. I’m set on printing an edition of 30 books and three APs.
Since all books will be hand-made each one will inevitably have its own uniquness. I find that very appealing. It makes me think of the kilim weavers inserting a secret message that is just slightly off the pattern, not easily visible but there. In a way each book has its own mystery to be discovered. That’s the way of books. And photographs.
You and me.
The world baby, the world.
The shock of the new.
Perhaps she did not consider the effect the place might have on her. The past obliterated with the exception of few things: a desk with a missing drawer, a small wooden chair with a worn leather cushion, three boxes of books and some reproduction paintings (without frames) bundled up together in saran wrap turned to the fresh white wall. Flattened. Almost non-existant. Almost missed in the emptiness of the room that should have felt familiar but instead left her undone.
(continued excerpts, image and text, from a work in progress by Monika Sosnowski)
Some things take a long time. Or to put it another way: some things take their time. I’ve been working on making a book. This book project has, for reason obvious and not, meandered over the past year and a half. And I’m glad it did. Big take away from last year was that I need to stop resisting the unknown. When things are not going according to plan there might just be a reason why. The book project stalled in late 2012. Something about it just wasn’t coming through in the original format I was inclined to pursue.
And then a little serendipity came into play and I ended up taking couple of workshops with Lauren Henkin in 2013. Lauren is a bit of a maverick. A talented photographer, whip-smart, imaginative and one of the most resourceful people I’ve met in a long time. I admire Lauren greatly. One way she expresses her work is through artist books, which she self-publishes. Lauren Henkin’s books are simply beautiful and one of a kind works of art. I’m happy to own one these amazing books, “Still Standing, Standing Still,” as it inspires and motivates me.
The “Self-Publishing for Artists” workshop I took with Lauren last year infused me with delirium. Now I not only wanted to publish a book but self-publish it. Not just self-publish it but print every page myself of a limited edition of 30 books. There’s so much to consider, think about, plan, collaborate on, figure out, edit, edit, edit… make decisions, produce. It. Is. So. Exciting!!!
And just like that I jumped into the the world of artist books. I’ve always found the world of artist books to be a wonderland I wanted to explore. And now I’m in it finding my way towards making one of my dreams a reality. There’s a lot of work! Many challenges for sure but the process so far is quite exhilarating. The hands-on aspect of it gives it a somewhat organic/intuitive flair that comes from participating in every step of the production. Each step informs the next. At this point the editing and sequence of images is done… give or take a page or two. I’m now working on the accompanying text. While that is happening, at a rather snail’s pace (but I won’t fight it), I’ve started the process of figuring out what the cover should be. I had an idea to begin with few months ago. By now the idea has morphed into something completely different (thanks to yet more serendipity).
Time for the book dummy version. There will be more posts coming up following the progress of making my first limited edition book of photographs. First, a couple of visits to Talas.
Talas is a mecca for anyone wanting to self-publish. It is a place where one can get all supplies needed for bookbinding. As is stated on their website:
Established in 1962 by Elaine and Herbert Haas, Talas became the first company in the US to serve the museum and library community with hand bookbinding and conservation supplies. Today the Salik family continues to operate Talas as a family run business, serving institutions, companies, and individuals around the world with the highest quality supplies and materials available. Centered on customer service and a small business approach, we are continually expanding our product line to meet market trends and our customers’ demands.
My two visits there were very informative and productive. All my questions were answered knowledgeably by a lovely young woman named Jessica who was super helpful. I’ve started a small collections of various sample books of different papers, materials etc, which will be useful not just for this current project for others in the future. Definitely have a much better idea of how I want to go about the design of the cover and in the next couple of weeks I’ll make couple of actual samples fit to size. Above are a few of pics from Talas and one from my studio looking at the sample booklets.
Part of the process of making a book is making lists (as it is part of making anything really). Here’s one (partial and incomplete, but a start nonetheless):
Options for cover