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PO Box 8….my book!

So it is now January 11, 2008… and that means school is over and I am back in Petaluma, California, scratching my head and wondering what happened in the blur of the month called December. Well, here is a summary….

Most importantly I made a book, with the help of graphic designer Yumi Kohsaka. She put an exorbitant amount of time, energy and patience into helping me. I had no idea how much work it would be and so I worked literally nonstop for two weeks.

This what the back and front cover looks like:

To see the first few pages of the book you can click on the po box link……

po-box-8.pdf

And as soon as I dropped the book off for printing…I had to start putting together my pieces for the final group show. I chose to go the more economical route by buying frames at a carboot sale (similar to our flea market) and creating a family wall type of exhibition…and with the enthusiasm of my dear Italian friend Matteo… I bought some gaudy wallpaper and, with the help of a wonderful guy from the film department, we created a living room scene complete with ugly pink lamp.

So how did it all turn out in the end?…. the show was ok…. it could have been better. The super-stars in the program really stood out by helping and donating a lot of time and energy to other people, but unfortunately the lead-weights in the program stood out too by not contributing at all, so there were some ruffled feathers by the end of it. And as for my book, I was definitely disappointed with the printing quality, as most of the copies fell apart after a couple of viewings and the some of the photos did not print well at all….. but the good news….it is over and I learned a whole lot and I met a bunch of new wonderful friends and now it is time to go out and do my own thing….. and I have a book! A rough draft for the moment, but it is a book and I am proud of it… the test will be when I present it to the community.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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2 Comments

  1. Paige – I met you at one of the events at the Reidville House this summer. You were sporting your medium format and I was lugging a Nikon DSLR around. I’m at work and just glanced at the book (pdf) – that’s pretty cool. I grew up just outside the city limits of Reidville on what was then known as Mac Bridwell Road, before they made actual street signs and changed the name to Bushy Creek Rd. My parents still live there at what would be a Woodruff address, so they have always used a Reidville PO Box as well.

    Anyway, I could ramble on. What are your plans with the book? I know you’re off conquering the world, so when will you be visiting SC again? I’d likely be interested in getting a copy.

    Thanks,
    Jeremy King

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  2. […] the chosen one. My first photo on a book cover published by a real publishing house (unlike my self-published book.) This is the rough draft of their design. The photo is enlarged and the rest of it wraps around […]

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