I'm writing this to update everyone on my "French.25" project and give some sort of explanation as to why it has taken so long to finish.
I already know the materials and team I want to use to produce this book/zine so why the hell is it taking so long to finish? I've spent the last 7 months pondering this and haven't been able to answer until just this moment.
First of all, what is this project? French.25 is a follow-up to New Orleans '14, a book I created 2 years ago after finding a voice in my photography. Naturally, a voice strengthens in practice and so I set out to see how it has changed since then. To be clear, I didn't want this to become a competition with myself to create my best work. I wanted an honest look at how my "eye" might have changed after 2 years and in order to do that I needed to work outside of my ego and inside of my instinct. I wanted to come from a place of "I love this and I want to share it with you".
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm CV ASPH.
Voigtlander Ultron 28mm ASPH.
It wasn't until I got back home with 499 images from New Orleans that I realized they were all taken in the French Quarter. After culling them down to 100 it occurred to me I could possibly create a follow-up book with much less fat than my prior if I continue culling down to 25 to fit the location and newfound title. Enter problem.
Within those 100 images I found 3 different people. So not only have I been trying to decide what to include and exclude but more importantly which one of those 3 photographers I am. So now I sit back down, fresh eyed, in the New Year to complete this project.
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