It’s a couple of months since I posted about the book project. There’s been plenty to work on: finding the right online publisher, deciding on the layout, selecting and reworking images, tracking down picture details, drawing the maps and then composing the book. Here is a preview of the covers: you are looking at the book opened out and face down so the back cover is to the left of the spine.
After a bit of research I chose blurb to work with as they publish a lot of photo books and their BookSmart software is free. They also give the option to convert your book into an eBook for publication in Apple’s iBook store. Which is something I will be doing very shortly. My book has a large square format since the images don’t come in standard sizes.. That’s meant laying out each page separately with an image and the original picture I worked from plus a short caption. Here are two pairs of pages from the Mosses and Lichens and Trees sections.
I realised that I am not the first person to construct striking and evocative imagery through mirroring and duplicating. What I have done in the book, though, is to add value to the pictures so that it is much more than just a set of lovely and intriguing images. The book is divided into seven sections depending on the aspect of nature involved. Then I have added a brief description for each picture and included one or two small photographs of people and places. Here is a two page spread from the Leaves section.
At the end of the book I composed two pages of typical South African and Swedish landscapes so that the reader gets a better appreciation of the places where the pictures were taken. Each page has a location map, list of where the pictures were taken, a panorama and four typical landscapes.
The book ends with a page showing how I constructed the images and there’s a complete listing of the technical details of all of the photographs. It’ll be 54 pages in all. I am just waiting for ISBN numbers to be issued for the hard copy and eBook then it’ll be uploaded and published!
I smell a best seller, Roddy – these images are magical.
Thanks Harry, that’s very kind of you to say so!