The book is done. Two days. Shoot, print, edit, sequence, design, upload and print. 58-pages. Perfect bound. $14 with shipping.
Prior to the completion…
Sugar. Tea. Milk.
The book build continues. A full day of Garry working. He sits like Caine from Kung Fu. Silent, focused, conserving energy like a lizard on a blisteringly hot day. He’s in it to win it. A book Jedi. His lightsaber a 4G wireless hub. His editing ability and attention to small detail shows how in tune he is with the art of shooting and editing. I’m so out of sorts I feel like I shouldn’t be involved. But it proves my point about collaborations. Work with people who are better than you. Get out of the way.
But if it doesn’t happen the exercise is still worth the effort. In fact, the effort is what photography is all about. Shoot, edit, print, repeat. While Garry does his thing I watch a film about Trent Parke then stop five minutes in because it’s doing a number on my head. I watch over Garry’s shoulder as he begins the type treatment, dissecting my blog fodder into fragments scattered over the blackness of certain images. He’s already doing things I would have never done or even thought to do. “This is fun,” is all I can get out of him.
The book is a reflection of Garry’s life and style. A Magcloud Digest. There is humor and visual thread. “Cataracts,” is the title and that’s Garry on the cover being absolutely sand blasted as we neared a small beach. Others were running the other way, screaming as the sand hit with gale force and a crisp sting. We kept going. The book starts and ends with connected images based on title and concept. The inner spreads are simple. Related. From the warm and friendly to the dark and back again. Just like a good ride.