One of my hobbies is photography. Over the years I have collected over 20,000 snapshots that have found a temporary shelter on my computer’s hard drive. My machine is wincing under the load and begging for relief. So, once in a while I review my collection, and after much consideration, I delete some subpar shots.
But there is no pleasure in owning anything unless you share it. And this is the reason why from time to time I feel the urge of publishing a photographic essay. I want to share with everybody many of the shots that I have collected over the years.
An ancient Latin proverb says “Verba volant, scripta manent” (words fly away, but writings remain) and so do pictures.
And pictures bring back memories… some good, some bad, but mostly good. Because even when losing a game or two (or all of them) it does not prevent you from having a good time.
So, who gets to figure in this book? I always prefer candid shots over posed ones. When you are unaware of a shot, we get to see the real you, not a photoshopped image. So, if you want a better chance to be in a publication, forget the camera and be your crazy, uninhibited self. The camera loves exuberance and wacky characters.
Each book tries to be different. This one in particular, instead of showing spectacular action shots, will reflect the pleasure and the camaraderie enjoyed by all the participants of a “boules” game.
You can see a preview of this project (Parlez-vous boules?) in the “photos” section of this blog.
But the main problem of publishing a book is cost. It can be prohibitive, especially when dealing with a single publication. A larger order will always benefit from better financial conditions. 10 books are ultimately going to be cheaper than a single one, and 20 are even going to fetch a better deal.
I estimate the cost of 20 books to be around $35.00 a piece or maybe less.
Eventually, the key to this difficulty is to secure a firm commitment ahead of time from would-be purchasers. So, if you are interested in a acquiring this book, let me know.
The more the merrier.