Sunday, February 18, 2018

A New Project

"Fifteen Exercises in Perception" was written as a college photography course meant to span an entire semester. Since then I've published two underwater photography books, and five children's photography books. I've taught two workshop series of "Fifteen Exercises," as well as done individual assignments at the Exploratory Center where I work. I even adapted one of the assignments for six-year-olds--and they did really well!

Now I'm adapting the book for use as a 21-day course. I've enjoyed taking such courses myself--ones that give you small, daily assignments. Sometimes a small break in your day is what you need when your life gets too busy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Live on Amazon!

Here's a photo from my morning celebration at a local coffee shop, Milli Joe's --celebrating Fifteen Exercises in Perception going LIVE on Amazon! Very exciting! It is listed for $9.99 --a choice made in part because I loved Agent 99 from Get Smart when I was growing up.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Kickstarter Rewards Sent!

We met our Kickstarter goal, and even went over, and yesterday we finished sending out the rewards: digital copies of the book, and photographs and quotes. Backers were from all over, and I'm hoping I get to see their work.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fifteen Exercises in Perception: Table of Contents

Here is the Table of Contents, with a summary of each chapter. The book can be used alone, or in a group. The structure is also suitable for a high school or college course in photography, with assignments appropriate for a semester's worth of work. 

I. Introduction  --how to approach the exercises
II. Almost an Island    --observing while varying your types of movement
III. Windows  --using the windows of your home to learn about perspective
IV. Poem for a Terrace: Words into Photo Maps --thinking spatially about the landscape
V.  Oracle –answering inner questions by noticing metaphors in the outside world
VI.  Duet –learning from the different vision of a friend
VII. Interpreting Stones –examining an element of the world around us                             
VIII. Running Poem –experimenting with how speed affects perception                            
IX.  River Hikes –noticing the difference in your perception in a group vs. when you’re alone
X.  Urban Wanderer: Twelve Photographs –finding out how limiting the number of pictures you take changes your results—or if it does
XI.  Urban Wanderer: No Limits –discovering if taking unlimited photographs alters your themes or results
XII. Photographing Nothing, and Writing Down the Sound Between Words –approaching negative space, and honoring silence and the opportunity to hear
XIII.  My Neighborhood –understanding what you think and feel about where you live
XIV.  Animal Search –getting to know an animal’s world, which is also your world
XV.  Ways of Observing –assessing the exercises 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Formats, Formats!

We're offering a PDF format of  "Seven Exercises in Perception" for our Kickstarter campaign, and also at our table for the Virginia Festival of the Book's Book Fair at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville (March 21). We're also going to have paperback editions at the Book Fair to show visitors the content of the digital files (those paperbacks are printed digitally).

I've begun to dig into the ways of converting the PDF to a file for Amazon, and some of what I'm learning makes me realize that the PDF available on Kickstarter and at the Book Fair is a really great version. As the distributor, we can't control how many times it's passed on to other people (at least I don't think we can...if we can and don't know, please contact me!), but the file itself is easy to read and the images beautiful.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cover Design

Right now I'm tackling the cover design of "Fifteen Exercises," and I've ended up with a little bit of red along the vertical edges. I have one more photo to choose for the back cover, and then I think I'm set as far as the images.

I visited the printer's this past week to select the paper and then get the measurement for the spine. I didn't realize that the paper selection could change the spine width as much as it can. I haven't absolutely determined which paper I'm getting, so I may have to tweak the design before printing.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Kickstarter Campaign and the Duet Exercise

I've been spending the last week getting ready to launch a Kickstarter campaign for "Fifteen Exercises." Getting ready involved filming one of the exercises in the snow with a friend. We went to the same stretch of river two different days. Here's what we came up with for the "Duet" exercise:

Her photos the first day

My photos

You can see that though we were there at the same time our results were very different. She is often drawn to vibrant color, and that attraction shows in her first two photographs. I am most likely to be interested in details. 

The next time we went photographing together I was much more aware of the colors around us, knowing that she is drawn to them. I noticed the striking yellow green of a pine tree, and the red of a roof. It is these small shifts that increase our perception, and we can cause these shifts in each other.