You can't imagine how long I've been working on this... But it's finally here: today I'm launching my first eBook entitled 1EYE, ROAMING.
If you're a longtime reader of this blog you'll recognize the topic since it's based on the Lutetia - Travels in France with the X100 series. Why return to those images? Because I needed to; because they've since become much more important than I originally thought and because I needed something more permanent. I have other projects in mind but this had to be the first step.
Anyone familiar with the original series will immediately notice a very big change: colour is gone. Every single image has been re-processed in black and white, going back to the original files and starting anew. Why? For one I needed to get excited again, to forget about my original selection and see all those images as if they were completely new. Discarding colour forced me to re-evaluate everything. Besides, I quickly realized that most of the images I was selecting were already in black and white, making the few remaining colour photos stick out like a sore thumb — The choice quickly became obvious .
To bring these pictures back to the present, I went back to the archives, disabling the ratings filters in order to go through all the files again. I found quite a few that had never been published and have now found their way in this book. I added a chapter/city, omitted another. All in the spirit of coherence.
I kept the same chronological structure but while the original series was merely a set of favourites, this book works harder at creating a better flow, leaving images behind, adding new ones; my hope is that I've at least succeeded in offering a much more focused edit that ties the entire journey together.
This re-interpretation of the Lutetia series also serves to highlight something I truly believe in: that images are never final; they're always a work in progress, subject to the possibility of a different interpretation. They're constantly in a state of flux, alive with the potential of change.
Also included is a special chapter called Case Studies where I offer a glimpse into the processing of the images as well as reflexions on some of the moments that were captured. Seven examples in all.
The book is in PDF format and I can tell you it looks fantastic on an iPad Air. Very happy with it.
One last tidbit: there's a special introductory price in effect and anyone who buys the ebook between now and December 12 gets a chance to win a signed 8.5x11 print of the 1EYE image of their choice. Winner will be announced on December 16.
Holidays? Start your engines!
P.S I've added a Paypal button to the official page for those of you who prefer that method of payment.