I have thoroughly been enjoying the work of Frank Ortmann of Freies Grafik Design. Exceptional is all I have to say. I love the way that he combines calligraphy with typography and modern design. He has some splendid work.
I love cars. This isn’t a surprise to anyone that knows me, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when a friend of mine bought this exotic M3 that I jumped at the chance to photograph it. The car is gorgeous and that pearl white paint job rings true with my soul. It isn’t about the color. It is actually that lack of color that makes this car so powerful. It doesn’t need to be a bright color to make it exciting or interesting. It can stand on performance alone. And it does.
I have been working on a new personal project that I am super excited about. Books have always been a huge passion of mine. Not just reading books either, but owning books, touching books and binding books. I have even written a short book which I printed and bound myself. I like books.
This new project is one that is near and dear to my heart, and it is the printing and binding of one of my all time favorite stories, The Count of Monte Cristo. I am using the text from Project Gutenberg to create my book. I knew the book was large. I have read it twice and I have multiple copies of the book. But I wanted something that is wholly unique to me. So I am creating a two volume set of the book with each volume being just shy of 500 pages.
The actual layout of the books was quite an endeavor in and of itself. I am using Adobe InDesign to lay out the pages and this makes the job much easier. Plus, I have a printer that can utilize 11×17 sheets and can take my chronological document and print them into signatures. This saves me so much time and I don’t have to worry about making a mistake in the page layout process. I printed the two books prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and am now getting to them. They have been cut down to the size that I want and they are ready to be folded into signatures and then sewn together. I will go into more of the binding details later as I update the progress.
I will continue to keep you updated on the progress and may go into a little more detail if you wish. I was thinking about writing up a little blog post about the actual layout process that I used. There is a great deal of trial and error involved in this first printing, and I could find next to nothing on the interwebs on laying out a book like this. (I may do this just for my own memory.) I have already begun the layout of another of my favorite books in a five volume set and will share that as it gets closer.
There has been a great deal of bad press associated with beauty pageants and exploiting young children. As someone who has never been to a beauty pageant, let alone never seen an episode of the show, I really didn’t have much of an opinion. But when a friend of mine asked me to photograph her daughter for her pageant I was thrilled at the opportunity. She is darling. Plus, beauty pageants are similar to bridals. The person being photographed is going to go to extreme lengths to look their very best. This only adds to make the photos better. I wasn’t disappointed in the least. Her mom had done a great job preparing the different outfits, hair, jewelry, and styling, which made my job so easy.
A good friend of mine became a yoga instructor a few months ago and has begun teaching. She wanted to get some photos for her new website and for promotional pieces. Keeping in tune with her outdoor personality, we found a great field in the mountains near Park City. I think it leant itself perfectly to the photos we were looking for. Plus, she is crazy flexible and strong.