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"Interpretive photography." I survived a fire, rose above it, re-created lost images Check the art: my best work! LimEdit book, exhib.
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The Book is Magnificent . Also - Art Walk this Thursday, and a preview of New Work.

Posted by Billy Blake (Creator)
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1. The Book is finally, completely finished. My designer Doug Ridley did a stupendous job - it is so beautifully laid out. And the copy before and after each section does exactly what I had hoped - it tells the impact of the fire and loss, but does so within a positive context of resolve, and re-creating anew. I could not be happier with the result.

2. The Book is TWICE the size of what was contemplated in the kickstarter campaign. What a value!! :) The final total of pages is 232, not counting introduction, acknowledgments, etc. Over 300 images.

3. The success of the kickstarter campaign has really ratcheted up my creativity, and I find myself doing new work of a quality that rivals anything I've done before. This, in and of itself, feels great. Because of this new work, I added a final chapter to the Book, aptly entitled "New Work". It features some images taken earlier this year on my first-ever trip to Japan. I went with Peggy. Two images from Japan appear below. While incorporating this New Work chapter into the book has delayed its completion, I do feel it will have been well worth it.

4. The e-book should be ready shortly. I am sending the e-book to ALL backers - even those that did not select to receive Rewards... because I am so proud. 

5. This Thursday (July 17), I will be exhibiting at Art Walk on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.  All artists are selected by the Montana Ave. merchants - I was chosen by Chase Bank on Montana Ave and 7th Street, so I will be setting up there. Sorry for the short notice, I just found out a few days ago myself. Art Walk is from 5P to 9P, info is at www.montanaave.com, and I hope to see some of you there. 

6. Here is a link to a recent article in telescope magazine, which writes about everyday heroes. They refer to me as a hero. Well, I don't know about that ... although my dog Chance agrees. (It's true what they say about kickstarter generating a lot of favorable publicity, even after.) Go to http://www.telescopemag.com/blog/ and look to the right, under July 4th.

7. As soon as I receive a physical color proof from my overseas printer, I'll have an ETA for the final hard copy version of the book.

Thanks again, and stay tuned for more soon ...

Billy

PS - I chose the two images below, because they represent two interesting traditions I observed in Japan.  The Smoke Pot was fascinating; the locals cleanse themselves in the smoke while they pray – a lesser known ritual than most. In black and white, the smoke trails worked – and the image became a study in light. Picnic under the Cherry Blossoms shows how deeply the Japanese culture prioritizes a tradition. When the cherry blossoms first appear, mass numbers of people set up blankets and have picnics.

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