Exton, PA - September, 20231. As someone who began photography very young, what drives your interest in black and white photography? Has your focus always been in black and white? What interests you about a world portrayed in black and white? My focus has almost always been black-and-white, unless doing travel or nature photography, or journalism, which are very different from this project. There is one color photograph in Blackbird. But there is a reason for it, and I couldn't have done the book without that one color photo.In the film days color was too hard to print yourself. Today anyone can...
Partnering with Ralph on the production was a learning experience filled with experimentation, lively conversations about production choices, and a great time on press. The images were printed in 400 line hybrid screening – which is print nerd talk for “double” the line ruling and print resolution of 99% of the books printed today. The images are produced for you in a way that let the photographs speak loudly along with the text. Can’t wait to hear thoughts and responses from folks who acquire the book for their libraries.
This book was born of a conversation I had with Ralph... Me: “Ralph – ever thought of publishing a newsletter that’s just about the creative process?" Ralph: “No. I don’t want to have the hassle of an ongoing newsletter. I did publish a book on process called “Refractions…” Me: After paying about $300 on amazon for a used copy…..”This is incredible! Let’s re-issue this!” Ralph: “NO! Let’s make it better and carry the thinking forward!” And, there you have it. Bob Tursack