Monday, September 15, 2014
So if this is 'the beach blog' what better place to announce my first book?
I'm not very good at blowing my own horn, but for this one, I gotta get out some new chops, and make some noise.
16+ years ago I did almost 50 darkroom montage prints for a project that was called 'Beach Trip'. done for the company a good friend of mine founded back east, which imploded before the project came to fruition/publication.
I put together a website w/ most of the images (californiabeachtrip.com) but it hasn't exactly gone viral.
A year or so ago the same friend wrote me and said 'self-publishing is here! Let's do something w/ this!"
I waited for further instructions - they never came.. and when I enquired 6 months later, he'd gotten way too busy with other things to deal with it.
Blurb.com to the rescue.
I looked at a bunch of the online options, but since this was really a photo (and not 'text') book, blurb was the obvious choice, i can make all the pages myself easily. No text, just PSD image files as jpegs.
So i went about 'colorizing' the images digitally, and added a number of new digital ones that seemed to fit in.
This is the first version of this book:
I put all the images on a right hand page, not realizing how expensive that would make it.
(I wanted to make it possible for anyone to trim out a page, and frame it, without losing any of the other pages.)
I've revised - a much shorter, leaner book is coming soon, much more affordable, and better as an eBook (no blank left hand pages!).
Check it out, give it a spin. I put my heart and soul into everything i do. Hope it is appreciated somehow.