This post has been a long time coming!
Those who have known me as an exhibiting photographer may have seen some of the images in this book in various shows several years back. I began making them just over eight years ago (yeah, I couldn’t believe it either), and showed the first few, along with some vignettes, at AXIOM Gallery when it was still in Cambridge, MA in 2006 as part of a show called Art & Science: A Symbiosis.
After that, as the body of work grew, I showed it in both solo and group shows, and made a gorgeous folio of photos and the mini-lyrical essays. The folio was a blast to make, but it is also very fancy (in an understated way, of course)–hand-made Japanese paper, tipped in c-prints, folio box with blind embossing, the whole shebang. So lovely. And so expensive.
When I started working at IDSVA, I didn’t have the time to put work out into galleries, and this project (and my photography in general) languished. So as much as I loved that adventure, I am happy to have time for art again. Along with starting a couple other projects from scratch, I decided to revisit this project, since it still beckoned. I wanted to make an edition that could be sold for a reasonable price.
And, lo these many months later, it’s about to hit the shelves. It has more photos, more writing, but the same premise and spirit as OPT 1.0 had.
Look how pretty it is:
And the insides are nice too.
Below is the flagrant self-promotion moment, with details about how to buy the book. So, skip if you want, but I hope you don’t!
From me: I’ll have many copies come January 2015, and would love to sign a copy for you or for you to give as a gift.
From your local bookstore: keep those indies alive! And if they don’t have it in stock, they can get it from the distributor.
From the publisher: George F. Thompson has it on his website, and you can order it directly from him.
From the folks who are working out the kinks of drone delivery: Always an option if one of the others doesn’t pan out.