Well, I succeed to follow my book production schedule up to now. Selection and preparation of the photos, texts, translations, InDesign learning, book design, contact with printers, quotes, calibration tests, reviewing, and now I am waiting for the ISBN for about one month! In France, it takes 3 weeks (and the guy in charge is not a super heros!). More, it is free. In Japan, 20000Yens to start with, fill a two pages forms to apply and ... wait... Phone call: "maybe this week..." they say - to receive another form to be filled out, send it again and then, I guess, I will have to wait some more - what do they stay at work up to 10PM so?
So, production is waiting, my trip to China is delayed, not cool.
Looking back is not my cup-of-tea.
But I have so many unedited pics that I need to open this folder whom pushes me back in time.
And some souvenirs jump back on my face with more energy than if it was yesterday - power of time, deformed memories or one imaginary line, who feels this power, who want to understand, who cares?
Coming from a Nudist family (Grand parents and parents), I consider that living Nude for a given time is mandatory for my personal equilibrium. Accepting myself and the time flowing fast, feel free. With family and friends, old and young, sick and beautiful - all together Nude - on the same beach, around the same lunch and enjoying the Nature around us.
Sometimes I need few sessions working on the same idea - checking, coming back on it, adding few things, ask the model to change the pose some and "Boum" I get what I want.
This is the "Boum" of yesterday:
My book, my book.... this F----- book! Only this, checking, reading, control, check some more... 165 pages in front... doing nothing else.
Good thing thus: ideas accumulate. As soon this will be over I have few plans ready to go. Of course they are secret (and even if no one reads this blog, this is not a reason) but one is about Motion... I found the time to make some tests...
Color or B&W? Well not supposed to be as Mac or PC or Red or White wine but this question seems anyway to generate a debate.
My 2 cents:
I believe it isn't a question about how someone "see" the reality, the life around him (her). I consider it is more a question of what pic vision put you in a mental state to pay attention and be ready to "feel". A test has been made (last year if I remember correctly) in a US subway: You take one of the best violinist alive, one the best M$ instrument, the more appreciated classic pieces of Mozart and Beethoven and you put all this in the subway at rush hours - No one notices. Millions of people and none of them like this kind of music? of course not. Because, they are doing something different at this time, they are not ready to be receptive to enjoy, not here not now. For my opinion, a neutral color pic rarely provokes the mental state required to be receptive (of course the pic could be really interesting, composition, subject, theme... but the neutral color, as real, may not add to this process). Then, a B&W, a fully saturated or even a washout palette will disconnect you from the real for a while and propose you to "see" and feel differently for a moment.
I got a proposal from "infernalord" (on Deviant Art) about one of my photograph.
I post here both original and modified side-by-side. I have my clear preference but I will be pleased to know your... Thanks.
Left or Right?
PS: The modified version suffers from JPEG edition.