This is a beautiful book. I just visited one of the best photobook stores in the United States, and I could easily see this book living in that environment. If the economics were right. Or, I could see these authors eschew that traditional route and blaze their own path, which they already have. I’m late, as usual.
Now, up front. There were issues printing this book, on Blurb’s end. I want to mention this for several reasons. First, I am always honest about what works, what doesn’t and the fact that, from time to time, things will go sideways. Really sideways. This happens with Blurb and every other printer/publisher I’ve encountered in my ten years in my current position. You have to be prepared, for the good and the bad. I want to compliment both Charlene and Eileen for their patience, which I’m sure was tested. I pains me to write this but it must be mentioned.
Now, to the book.
The photography and poetry are beyond solid, and when I say “solid” I mean GOOD. The images are consistent and personal. Not sure what else I could ask for. The book blends the poetry of Eileen Chong with the images of Charlene Winfred who happens to be a Fuji sponsored photographer based in Singapore and someone I’ve mentioned here many times before. This is my first experience with Chong’s poetry, but it won’t be my last, and this poet has a long line of books and accolades to her credit. A line I heard at a recent talk about nuclear energy…“History is what already happened but poetry is the promise of what might happen.” These are uber women who will crush you and I.
Uncoated stock, hardcover, Imagewrap. Full bleed images, and a design that is simple yet readable and doesn’t get in the way of the images, which remind you that the photographer is real and not just a phone snapper. This book reminds me A LOT of Memories of a Dog by Moriyama. A good thing.
But wait, there’s more. This book is interactive. As you can see, the cover is wrapped in a string which the viewer unties. What’s revealed is a handwritten note, with insanely perfect handwriting, as well as a tipped in print. Yes, a print. All wrapped in brown, crafty paper which I love. Smart, smart, smart. Now, this little addition was for me but I think it would be a GREAT addition for all the books in the series. I can’t tell you how different it makes something feel when the object contains something unique. This is one reason why I like doing very small runs. Print, customize, sell or giveaway and then MOVE ON.
Damn I wish I could feature books like this all the time, but not enough creatives are taking advantage of the power they have, so for now I’ll make do with what these folks have delivered. Great job all around and sincere apology for the printing issues. Please do more projects…..