ART 53, day 13

Today, I scanned. I have accumulated just over 30 Polaroids since January. Usually I scan them the same day, but I haven’t been doing that.

This is probably going to take me a while—particularly if I am to keep plugging away at the book.

Why will it take me a while? Well, it all comes down to the vagaries of scanning film, with Polaroids adding their own peculiar brand of fun to the mix. Continue reading

ART 53, day 12

(I changed the title of this series of posts—finally!—because Working on the new book sounds really lame. Anyway…)

Today, I began raiding a past project for some layout ideas. From July 2009 through June 2010, I worked on creating one new layout for each day. For the most part, I succeeded (though there were a few days I had to play catch-up). Not all of the layouts were great, but I gave myself a new set of constraints each month to force myself to try a bunch of different stuff. Continue reading

Working on the new book, day 11

I’m up late. By the time I post this, it will be a few minutes past 1:30 in the a.m. At the last minute, I decided to skip the poetry reading I would normally have gone to; instead, I resumed looking at photos— Continue reading

Working on the new book, day 10

Despite getting some decent catch-up sleep last night, I did not feel like going through a bunch of photos several times over today, so I opted instead to copy the rest of the poems to the InDesign documents I set up a little while back.

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Working on the new book, days 6 & 7

Wandering through iPhoto land now—approximately 12,000 images covering 2006 through 2010, with a few scans of photos from the 1970s and 1980s.

There was a slight hiccup to deal with first: i.e., accessing my old iPhoto libraries. Continue reading

Working on the new book, day 5

Looking through old photos is a strange process, a weird mix of surprise and nostalgia. The photos I have accumulated on my computer cover a difficult part of my life; even after deleting a number of photos, I still manage to come across an image here or there that I overlooked, or that reminds me of something I’d prefer to forget. At the same time, I’m also reminded of my willingness to experiment with the medium—my Views from a Parked Car series comes to mind—and that I’d like to publish a photo book some day.

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Working on the new book, day 4

Yesterday was day 4 of finding possible photos to go with the poems that will comprise the next book. I now have the Delicates and Do-overs sections left to go, and then I can move on to my iPhoto libraries. Continue reading

Working on the new book, day 3

So, I just finished watching The Big Short. Holy crap. I mean, I worked in real estate escrow for nearly five years, so I knew that a lot of people were being suckered into dodgy loans—but the extent of the bullshit that went on around the whole mortgage business is astounding. (And those two mortgage broker guys who end up at the same job fair at the end? I encountered women who were like that as well.) Continue reading

Working on the new book, day 2

The second day of picking possible images for the poems in the new book seemed to much slower—I got part of the way through the Oddities section before calling it a day after less than twenty poems and three hours. Continue reading