Archives for the month of: August, 2012

I continue to go to the cafe. Why? Well, first off because it’s a great place to work when I’ve gotten antsy at my office desk … somehow the buzz and movement of people at other tables, their conversation, lets me concentrate and focus on my own work better than sitting in the quiet, lightly dusty feeling library of office cubes.

Second, because there’s a middle school down the street one way and a Tai Chi studio down the street the other way.

Today is my birthday. A moment to reflect. I like where my work is going: the past couple of weeks I’ve pushed through to a couple of new epiphanies and ideas there. I like how my photography is developing: as I’ve moved to simpler, smaller, lighter cameras with less capaabilities, as my time to do photography has decreased, I’m spending more time looking and thinking in the making of photographs. Story—or the ‘imagined story’—in the work has become much more important to me.

Look deeply, imagine more broadly, see more clearly. These seem to be the right cues. More book ideas have surfaced.

Oh yes: a moment’s pause in respect for Neil Armstrong. May his footstep on the Moon continue to lead the way.

– Godfrey 2012

Relatives in town yesterday. We went to the amusement park. I remember this ride from when I was about that size …

I remember the sensation of flying, and of being able to control my flight. But only within the constraints of the ride—You couldn’t get hurt. It let imagination run free and made the fifty seconds of flight seem a day long.

Last photo of the day. Sometimes the best.

– Godfrey

Little passion plays … 

I decided to go see the latest Batman film this past Sunday morning and found the time had been shifted from 9 to 9:40 am. So I hung out at the local Starbux and had a quick bite and a cuppa. 

The little girl fussed and cried every time momma tried to sit down and have a sip of coffee. They ended up leaving, daddy running back from the car to pick up the coffee and pastries. “Pay attention to me, not to your breakfast!” 

Batman was great. Closest to the Dark Knight graphic novels from the 1980s I’ve seen yet. 

I’ll get away from this cafe shooting yet, it’s just so seductive and rich a field … grin. 

– Godfrey

 

Thursday was Book Signing Day at ModernBook Gallery. 

A frenetic couple of weeks leading up to it. I hand-made about seventy takeaway cards. An intense and anxious drive to San Francisco on Thursday … traffic at a crawl most of the way. Late arrival. But then — A wonderful time! So many people came by, looked, made positive comments. Friends stopped in. People bought books! 

Early in the event, I handed my camera to my partner and told him to shoot the event. And be sure to get a picture of each and every person offering a book with their books. I wasn’t going to be able to do it. I’ve watched this over and over again … 

Today is packaging day. Between pre-orders and sales at and after the event, only two of the thirty-six books I stocked up on are left. I’m almost done packaging … next I’ve got to do the postage. One job at a time … but I think I’ll head out for a little respite and dinner. 

New work, new ideas, are calling me. I’ve started on the next book.

– Godfrey

Photographically speaking, about the only thing on my mind at the present time is the book signing event at ModernBook Gallery tomorrow evening. So imagine my delight when my friend Mark Roberts (a fine photographer and a professor teaching Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts) sent me a book review! 

Ways Together

Waystogether-bookcover

“Godfrey DiGiorgi’s Ways Together is, appropriately enough, the kind of photo book you’d want to peruse while quietly sipping a cappuccino at your favorite coffee shop. The coffee shop has become one of the common gathering places of our time and it’s fascinating to observe how people use it for solitude as much as for socializing. In fact, the digital interconnectedness of our society now makes it difficult to tell by looking which is the intent of the people in these photographs — which is of course part of the point. The theme of isolation versus contact is nicely played out throughout the book, which progresses through sections titled “Apart”, “Alone”, “In Private” and “Together”. The images progress from one theme to the other and yet maintain a common look and feel that makes this a unified work rather than a jumbled collection of works with a theme applied post hoc.

Though coffee shops are often jam packed with people, crowded and noisy, the photos on display here were obviously taken during relatively quiet hours. And the resulting photographs, too, are “quiet”. They speak clearly but they don’t shout. We need more of that these days, I think.

– Mark Roberts – Photography & Multimedia
  www.robertstech.com 

Thanks Mark! 

(Mark is also the head honcho behind the PDML Photo Annual, now in its fourth year. Check it out by going to his website and looking through the books section. It’s worth it! 

Hope to see some of you at ModernBook Gallery on Thursday evening! 
Just in case, here’s the address again:

ModernBook Gallery
49 Geary Ave, San Francisco, CA
Book signing event!
August 2nd, 5:30-7:30 pm

– Godfrey