Friday, February 13, 2009

high drama, the book

after months of fiddling around, i finally sent off my first pass to have it proofed! definitely a "self publish" job. i am using Blurb on the recommendation of Linde and Lito who have been very happy with the results. the book contains 29 images, including 3 panoramas, all taken in Torres del Paine National Park. i chose a platinum tone for the images, and i have to admit, i'm a bit nervous to see if the Blurb presses render the tone accurately. i will be selling it through the Blurb bookstore and from my main site, so stay tuned! here's the introduction(beta):
This is a book about wind. and clouds. and mountains.
But mostly about relentless wind. The kind of wind that eventually permeates your entire being, altering how you think and how you act. The kind of wind that, when it stops, creates moments of disbelief that give way to a psychological and emotional liberation that can, well, make you giddy.
In the fall of 2008, Patagonia's weather was different. The foliage change was a couple of weeks late, due to a warmer and drier than normal summer. The Patagonian icecap continues to retreat, as are icecaps around the world. And though the fall is famous for providing a few weeks of respite from the wind, not this year. This year, it blew. It generated white caps on the lakes, day and night. It hurled water horizontally across vast stretches of lakes and foothills. It parted the fur of foxes and guanacos, and caused humans to lean. It created a long dream of clouds and light and mountains. It made me a humbled witness.
All the images in this book were captured in April, 2008, in and around Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, over the course of a few days, and in some cases, a few minutes...

winter in the berkshires

hey. yes, i've been gone for awhile, but i'm back. i've mostly been working on a new book, which will be a separate post, probably in a few minutes. this image, "my own backyard" was taken a few weeks ago while i was visiting my parents in Pittsfield, MA. yes, it was cold. thankfully! the snow stayed on the trees and kept its fresh-looking texture. so what's the deal with this image? well, it's one of those classic examples of finding inspiration for making images in your own backyard, in this case, literally! i've looked at this old wine barrel for more years than i can remember, in all seasons, it turns out, except winter... year after year, it was simply a planter full of "hens and chickens", and i never once thought of taking a picture of it. but when i saw it this time, it was transformed by the snow and the light into, for me, a poignant reminder that even in the depths of winter, the hope for spring remains...soon there will be blooms and grass and grandkids playing everywhere. i actually took maybe 20 shots of it over the course of 4 days, all times of the day. what do you think?