I have a place I hope to go and a vague map of how to get there, but I need your help.
Many people have been disappointed that Slow Road Home does not include the images–either based on their expectations from knowing Fragments, or to more casual browsers at places like my recent winery book table, seeing the full-color cover and sadly finding no color inside.
Whatever comes next in the way of printed matter will include color images. Now just exactly what form that will take is where I need some feedback. And I’m in the very early stages of this process so don’t even know what to tell you is on the menu. I do have some early ideas though.
Of course the images will come from Goose Creek mostly, from Floyd County exclusively. And there will be text that either seeks out an image after being written, or more likely, that springs from the images once they are brought home to be contemplated–much in the way I have been taking “ordinary” landscapes during the past couple of weeks and saying a few words about the where and the so-what of them (even though the writing is not terribly polished or for a book audience.)
The color-image book would also go back and select a few of the Slow Road pieces that already have images from my archives that I’ve used to illustrate those pieces in my “photomemoir” presentation.
It might be arranged seasonally, where one option for a part of such an arrangement would be to have 4 to 6 set camera points (here at home) with images taken from that exact camera position in each of the four seasons.
Another way to organize would be topically by chapters: the creek, the dog, the woods, the barn, nature, etc. (The image with this post, by the way, was taken facing south along the creek from just down on the creek from the place where this image you saw a few days ago was taken. Tomorrow, a view NORTH along Nameless Creek from the same tripod position.)
The book’s images and words should to tell a story, reach some destination, leave the reader with a sense of the whole of this little microcosm (both the outer and the author’s inner landscape). I should paint some of myself into the images and the narrative that goes with them. Just how to do that is what I’m thinking a lot about just now.
I just wanted you to know, and to think and feel along with me as I show you little bits of this process here from time to time. There is some kind of method to my haphazard madness–I just have to find out what that it is all about.