Quite sometime ago, deep on the internet, I came across the Kickstarter photo books campaign by London based, English photographer Peter Dench, for his upcoming book The British Abroad which he needed to get some funding for.
I say ‘came across’…what I meant was that, I’ve met Peter once & his very good grasp of social media means that it is very easy to follow him & what he is up to. It amounts to some light cyberstalking & cups of tea.
I buy loads of photo books. It’s the only thing I can be bothered to collect. When I was young, I collected Corgi cars. Then, as I got older, that quickly escalated to collecting Level 42 memorabilia. I had to stop before I bought a white Ford Sierra XR4i with a gigantic aerofoil & a Blaupunkt in car stereo system.
The reason for collecting loads of photography books, is that you cannot beat the feeling of peeling off the wrapper, getting the smell of the pages & actually touching the photographs on the page. It beats any experience of an all-singing all-dancing retina display or say….a Commodore VIC-20.
Then each sheet (if it has been designed in an aesthetically pleasing way) contains the amazing photography, laid out with complimentary typography & often a story or two. I love to read, but a photo book does not obviously need to be too heavy with text….that ruins it for me. Photography has a chance to tell a story itself…
So, I got England Uncensored through the post first which was greatly appreciated, as I wasn’t actually expecting it…& then The British Abroad arrived a week or two ago, but I have been saving it to do a ‘reveal’ video once I returned from my holiday.
Mainly so that I didn’t look so pasty like a Brit abroad!