Shadows is unique in that it took so little effort and planning.
After many years in the publishing world, where each book took months, sometimes years, to produce, I wondered: "What sort of book could I produce in one day?"1
The plan was simple. First, pick a theme. Shadows sounded fun. I would photograph objects in our art studio early-morning and late-afternoon, when the shadows would be most dramatic. In the middle of the day I would search for quotes about shadows. The evening would be devoted to designing, laying out and printing the content.
Some of my favorite quotes...
Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides. — Junichiro Tanizaki
To think of shadows is a serious thing. — Victor Hugo
Where there is much light, the shadow is deep. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter's day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! it is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these!" — Charles Dickens
Some of the photographs...
1To be completely honest, the text block (body) of the book took one day to create. The case (cover) took additional time because a photo-polymer plate had to be ordered and delivered, and making the case and attaching it to the text block (called casing-in) is a day-long process in iteself.
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