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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

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“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

In the cafe this afternoon, a misbehaving Polaroid SX-70 in front of me. Failed, bad exposures, $3.50 apiece worth of them, strewn on the table. The next table over from me—two women sitting with two young children, boy and girl. I’d hoped to maybe catch a photo or two with the Polaroid but my film pack had jammed on the first exposure, requiring me to fuss with it and lose four frames of eight. The remaining film was taking too long in process to see whether the camera was working properly yet.

“Oh, my mom had one of those!” the younger of the two women spoke in my direction. “I love old Polaroids! Can you still get film?” A conversation ensued. Instagram, her iPhone, my Polaroid images on the iPad … I never did get the photo, or read my magazine. I did manage to finish my coffee. But another connection made, another neat person who I will remember next time I’m there, who will remember me that next time too. The ways we come together in this environment.

I’ve been working on a book. A book drawn from the series of photos I’ve been posting to various venues the past couple of years with the title “Communicating” … This is what it’s about. The book is now done.

 

Announcing

 

Ways Together

Studies in Distance and Closeness

by Godfrey DiGiorgi

With a foreword by Brooks Jensen, Editor LensWork Publishing

A full preview is available on my Blurb.com bookstore:

Godfrey DiGiorgi on Blurb.com – blurb.com/user/GDGPhoto

Invitation

I invite you to join me for a reception and book signing. We’ll celebrate Ways Together along with eleven other new photo books at

 

ModernBook Gallery

49 Geary Ave

San Francisco, Ca

August 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

 

Wine will be served. Copies of “Ways Together” in hardback and paperback will be available for purchase. To reserve a signed and numbered book at the event, or for delivery by postal service, please send an email to godfreydigiorgi@me.com for details.

A photo book is bigger than the photos it contains. The photos speak together, in a larger voice, playing with each other and speaking together as one thing. The feeling I have experienced from doing the book, from seeing the work in print, is different from what I saw as each photograph formed in my viewfinder and on my computer screen. The concept, the intent expanded in the becoming to a book.

The journey from being a photographer to becoming an author has been a challenge drawn out over years. This is my first published book, I can see a goal now. It draws me further.

Sometimes it’s little things that capture the eye and draw you in. A detail, a tiny change in color or shape that stands out from the surrounding. A moment that causes you to stop the world, and see. 

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I’ve been reading C. S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” this past week. One chapter at a time. Last time I read it I was in the second year of high school. Oh my, how this book has changed over the decades! … Or at least that bass-ackwards perception is what made me laugh this morning as I read the latest chapter. Screwtape’s clinical dissection of how to tempt Man with the notion of ‘the right to ownership’, of disguising the many flavors of ‘my’ and reducing them to one, and the seduction involved in making Man sensitive to ‘my time’ as if we had a right to Time … wow. 

At age 14 it could not have made any sense. At age 14 all of Time is in front of you, you cannot know mortality. It is that moment when we perceive the finiteness of Time that we begin to know our true selves. It is that moment which becomes the Now, the Present, the eternal instant of our lives. ‘My time’ indeed: we have no hold on Time, it slips inexorably through our fingers and into the Past, it bids us into the future, but all we really have is a quiet and lingering Present, a moment standing still in consciousness. 

Click. And it’s all there in the details. Now. This moment. This present. All moments. All we have. We cannot rush, we cannot dally. 

We are, and we are not.