May to May
May to May
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hardcover imagewrap, 130 pages, 13x11 in, 33x28 cm, printed on premium paper, lustre finish
On May 28th, 2018, I was sitting in my new home (I had just moved from upstate New York to a place on the east coast) and was wondering what to do next. It had been three months since my husband had died and I was still in shock. I went through a years worth of photographs (over 6,000) and chose 260 images that captured some great moments.
I planned on putting together an album for myself that I could view when I needed help remembering the good stuff. I realized that words would be helpful, too. I also realized that I wanted to publish the album so that people could consume a good story.
I couldn’t caption every photograph on my own because there was just too much to say and I didn’t want everything to be lopsided. I reached out to some friends to ask if they would be willing to contribute some words to accompany my photographs. Everybody said yes. I “assigned” photographs to people. I didn’t set any rules. The captions could be as short or as long as the individual wanted and nobody knew who else was contributing (no competitions). All I asked for was honesty.
While waiting for people to return their captions to me, I wrote a few long pieces for certain months (chapters) of the book. I explored a lot and went outside of my comfort zone. I wrote things, was glad when I thought they were out of my system, then a few days later I’d have a breakdown of sorts. I’d gather myself after a couple of days and do it all over again. My good friend, Martin Olson, read every bit that I wrote and helped me to better express myself and fix typos.
I started receiving photo captions from people and my heart soared. The notification sound of an incoming email from my “VIP” list made me so excited. I began piecing everything together and was stunned by how well everybody’s words flowed together without anybody knowing who was writing or what was being written.
By the middle of August, I had everybody’s captions. I had created a rough layout and was ready to make everything final. Another of my good friends, Neil Patel, started helping me put everything together more elegantly. We’re both busy people and naturally quite scatterbrained. We’d sit in front of my computer, figure out how to layout one page, swear quite a bit, then move on to the next.
We wrapped everything up by the end of September and realized we had a few things to fix. We fixed them and here is the end result.
I truly hope you enjoy this. There are a lot of funny and poignant things, but also some pretty heavy moments.
Self publishing is not cheap (especially a photography book). Printing costs are high but I feel that this is an important story. Being able to put together such a wonderful collaboration with some of the best people on the planet is my reward. I can tell you with certainty that this is a very rewarding read, too.
Photo captions by:
Ian Baston, Emily Benita, Neko Case, Helen Crimmins, Mike Donovan, Sage Francis, Jack Gallagher, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bill Gorgo, Robin Ince, Jim Infantino, Tim Kazurinsky, Chad Kemper, Ron Lynch, Ben Mankiewicz, Mike McCarthy, Martin Olson, Patton Oswalt, Neil Patel, Dan Prokop, Tim Sarkes, Ritch Shydner, MJ Smith, Chris Stokes, Jimmy Tingle, Tony V, Tim Walkoe, Dan Wasserman, George Wendt, and Steven Wright.