You can read David DuChemin’s new e-book, “Venice- a monograph” as a how-to book. It is a lesson of defining, starting and re-defining the boundaries of a photographic project to fit the reality. The monograph images have more then one link- there is a common location- Venice, time of shooting- evenings in the rain, color theme present even in black-and-white images (blue), making it a concise body of work. All of those elements serve the main idea of the book- to show author’s feelings at the time of shooting- loneliness, solitude, isolation.
But the truth is, what you take from photograph depends also on your, the reader, state of mind. What I see on those images is, otherwise busy with tourists, town of Venice catching a well deserving breath. There are far fewer people, the waiters and gondoliers have time to stop, to take a break. It has a relaxing feeling to me.
The book is also a showcase of David DuChemin’s unique photographs. You can just take a pleasure in browsing through them. They have very simple, yet a story-telling composition. Unique colors, combination of time of shooting and skillful, unified post-processing, give then the feeling of calmness and peace. At the end of the book, each of the images is shortly described, how and why it was shot. There is also a little something about post-processing for those interested.
Bottom line- the book is worth far more than 5$ you will pay for it, if not for the photographic tips, certainly to see his view of Venice- quite different from most tourists impressions. Even better, if you buy it before 11:59pm PST JUNE 12, 2010 and use the promotional code VENICE4 when you check out, you can have the book for only $4 OR use the code VENICE20 to get 20% off when you buy 5 or more books from the Craft & Vision collection. Make up your mind quickly.
And reserve more founds, as it is just a first of The Print and The Process series! I cannot wait for more.
Here is what Craft&Vision says about the e-book themselves:
VENICE, A Monograph is the first in The Print & Process series, a series created to give the photograph a place to stand on its own within a small body of work (The Print) followed by a discussion of the creation of those images (The Process). It’s a more intimate look into the process of creation and another attempt by our Craft & Vision team to create books that pair inspiration with solid photographic teaching. VENICE, A Monograph is a collection of over 30 photographs created along themes of loneliness and solitude over a 5-day period in Venice in May 2010, and followed by a discussion of the Why and the How behind the images. 47pages long, and in PDF format, this first installment of The Print & The Process series is laid out in landscape format to make viewing equally good on the iPad as well as desktop and laptop computers.