It’s a great day when you see your own book finally available on a ubiquitous distributor of eBooks. Apple accepted my eBook Power of the Glance: Travel Portraits in Black and White for distribution and is now searchable under Art and Photography Books. It can be previewed and downloaded for US3.99 here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id583665473.
EBOOK – POWER OF THE GLANCE: TRAVEL PORTRAITS IN BLACK AND WHITE
This ebook has been a long time in the making, with photographs that started in 2005 and 2006. Some of my first images of people came from Peru in Iquitos while working with the fabulous Hope Alliance. I can remember that I felt completely nervous and wasn’t quite sure how to approach people. I think I was nervous about people yelling at me. That turned out to be silly because as I asked a few older men if I could take their picture, they seemed like it was a privilege. One of those images is on page 40; the man with the horizontally striped shirt. It seemed basic at the time, and even now, but I still feel like it was compositionally sound and natural. Further down the street that day, a young man and his father were running a taxi service and had stopped for a break in the square. Tucked away in the back was the boy’s young brother who peered at me through saucer-like eyes. Unwavering dinner plates, actually that just stared at me from a few feet away. He didn’t move as I lifted the Canon 20D with a fixed 60 mm lens up and focused on his eyes. It remains one of my favorites, and is on page 46.
“The portrait became more interesting to me after having reviewed the work of great travel photographers and even some commercial photographers who saw in the person, and especially in the face, a wealth of complexity. The human experience can be played out in no better place that in the human itself, and the study of it can become as exciting as unlocking a riddle or discovering the double meaning of words in a poem. People seem to hide their experiences, their emotions, and even their desires in the weight of their gesture, in their wrinkles, and of course in their glance. And this is where the power of the interpreter of the human condition lies, for if one can determine the meaning of the glance, one will know the intentions of the subject. The careful observation of the mouth, the arms relaxed by one’s side, the desperate nonchalant tension around the eyes all are clues to the meaning of the poetry that makes up a person’s life, but nothing surpasses the power of the glance.” - Introduction, Power of the Glance
Girl, Terai Region, Nepal. Page 19
I had initially considered a hardback edition of this book. I am disappointed that the costs of publishing something that should be kept and well considered as an art are so incredibly high. They make the costs to the public unreasonably high. Even though some of the world’s best and most well known art photographers are selling limited editions of their art books (say, 500) at very high prices (say, $585), I don’t this is yet feasible. I will continue to look for a publisher of the work, as their quality to cost ratio is much higher and would make a fine art book more affordable.
Until then, please enjoy the eBook on iTunes for iPad, iMini, and iPhone for US3.99. I would appreciate any feedback on the images, layout, experience, cost and delivery methods at email@example.com or on this thread.
Thank you all for continuing to follow my work,
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