“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Leonardo da Vinci
Some of you know that I’ve been working on a book for months now. It was supposed to be out at the end of last year and I still haven’t finished it.
What you see above is a proof book – the final book won’t look anything like that. I used it for sequencing, editing and testing form factors. And it will never see the light of day.
I’m just not happy with it. It doesn’t convey the emotion that I want it to, I still don’t have the sequencing exactly right, and I still haven’t decided on the final structure.
I’ve learned a lot in the process. All about bindings, printing techniques, minimum orders (yikes!) , editing, sequencing, how books are laid out, and the myriad of options to make a book play as a cohesive object.
The biggest challenge for me is the printing. The photos inside have a unique quality that I have yet to see in a printed page. They require inky deep blacks and brilliant whites in order to create the impact I need. That works great on a photographic paper, but is very hard to find in a printed book. I’ve done tons of tests, met with lots of printers and haven’t met one that could do it at the price point I need/want.
High-end custom printers can quickly approach $700 – $800 per copy, and while I want this to be a “legacy project”, I just can’t justify that cost in my mind.
So I’ve set it aside for the moment.
I need to look at the very definition of a book and see if I can come up with a creative solution that can still retain the qualities I need in order to feel like this project can be called complete.
It’s a frustrating time right now, but I need to wait until I can discover the solution.
Until then, thank you for your patience.