Of all the photobooks added to my library in the past few years, these two titles always remain out. The Contrasto hardcover The Black Is Waiting For The White is a well illustrated biography, while the soft cover Phiadon Press self titled Mario Giacomelli contains a larger spectrum of plates, interestingly chaptered by projects. Contained within the two volumes are an incredible quantity and variety of black and white images captured on rudimentary film cameras. The thick, heavy, poorly bound soft cover book requires support and is left open dictionary style on a tall buffet for days at a time to study by chapter.
By most standards I’m considered prolific, stands to reason given my occupational background of working against hard deadlines and a just do it attitude. I approach making images with a focus similar to sport, and am able to maintain it through completion. Finish. It’s not about archiving a body of work for use someday…but finishing a body of weeks ; ]
As per my original intentions, I made the slip over box to contain the twelve monthly books plus the B/W Chicago book. It doesn't seem like much when you are making the individual books, but together they represent 260 original images. Added to the 68 images contained in the other three other books made, that's over 328 original images printed in 2016! [but there were more than that ; ]
A letter size perfect bind w/ debossed title on double sided matte. A little picture-a-week self-assignment to encourage making a new image on the street "each and every" week. While I will continue working on the street, I have some specific projects in mind without timelines.
The conundrum of inkjet printing on bookcloth appears to have been solved. I began the Les Mois series by coating the bookcloth with Golden Clear Gel Medium, letting it thoroughly dry, and printing as Luster on an Epson 3800. The sample size Golden Gel Medium quickly went bad, and as there is no local source for the product, I went on to other less effective processes. As the new Epson SureColor SP-600 renders text very well, I took a flyer on DASS Art Universal Precoat II applied with the suggested coating bar. The results were most acceptable printed on the SP-600 with a Luster profile, lets hope the coating has a shelf life as it's rather expensive at $30 for 16oz. The coating bar needs deburring before use i.e. trim the extraneous raglins, remove lint with a tack strip, then lightly wash under the tap and let thoroughly dry.
Having completed sixteen photobooks this past year, my future thoughts turn toward having fun and improving quality. While the “quantity” of work over the past years has provided an accelerated learning experience, it’s time for a less harried approach without timelines. Specifically, I want to make more complex books and images, explore the Sequence Structure, add Layers in the Street images, and improve my handwork in the bindery.
The sun broke out as I pressed the shutter, well beyond my reach were interesting silhouettes, and I turned into a parking structure to take up a waiting position suitable for my camera…of course the sun and action immediately disappeared. If only…I still carried that big heavy camera with 24-200 zoom I might have made one of those frames. It’s a funny game…
The past week was a mess, the Arctic cold combined with a sinus infection kept me inside all week, but I slipped out for an hour Sunday to make the weekly image for the 52 Street project. Only three more weeks remain on the project and I refuse to miss a week after coming this far.
Having finished the November Les Mois, and readied the 52 Street book for printing, I sunk into a football saturated lull over the weekend. The clever graphic art of the Pixel ad on the inside cover of the New Yorker caught my eye, and I spent some time surfing for work that might wow me. Didn’t find anything that spoke to me…I suppose inspiration comes from within.
Lay Flat - Drum Leaf binding w/ Sand Arrestox bookcloth on boards. Only one book remains to complete the series of 2016 monthly books. My process of inkjet printing cover text on the bookcloth remains inconsistent, and I have another pre-coat material in route from DASS Art that hopefully will remedy the problem. Books in 2017 will be larger formats and less frequent as I get deeper into the process.
After a couple less than sterling efforts back in 2015, I abandoned designing book pages with double-sided printing due the limited selection of papers, the inherent problem of registry with inkjet printers, incurable roll curl in gloss coated papers due individual sheets being cut from large rolls, and the parlor game of printing with the correct reversed margins and page order on the verso.
My aging Epson 3800 printer is soon to be replaced by an on order Epson P-600, though I hope it holds up for the November Les Mois book, Christmas Postcards, and the year's end 52 Street book that I am determined to print on double-sided matte in order to halve the page turns. Fingers crossed.