I run. Kinda. A lot of people run. And then you have people like Andrew Townsend who runs thousands of miles a year. I cycle thousands of miles a year but frankly can’t imagine running the same distance. Spanish Steps is Andrew’s recap of a 1000 mile run from the French/Spanish border, across the Pyrenees, along the Camino De Santiago and beyond. And just for fun, why not end with the Sierra Nevada Ultra.
Now, were I to undertake something like this the last thing on my mind would be photography because there is no way in Hell I would have wanted to carry a camera. But Andrew carried one and not only that…he used it. To make this book.
This book is a combination of historical document and photography journal. There are busy pages with small images detailing locations, people, food, but these spreads are balanced by simple, double-truck landscapes that are actually quite nice and I don’t even like landscape photography.
The paper is thick, solid and holds a good amount of ink and the cover is basically a flexi-cover style, thicker than the inside spreads but not hardcover. It’s beautiful and more than anything else it makes me want to get out and have my own adventure. Well done Andrew. No get back out there!