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My Tuscany Book

Fri Jul 15, 2011, 3:34 AM
Hello dear friends, :wave:



I've just published my first photobook on Blurb, Four Cantos. Unposed observations in Florence, Arezzo and Pisa. ( www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail… ) As many of you know, I've published a number of books in the past, but these were largely, in Dutch, text-based and for a general market. This is entirely my baby, and that feels good. There may be some technical issues here or there, but it's really mine.
A big reason to publish the book was that I feel that, for all its merits, Deviantart isn't an optimal environment to appreciate art when it comes to concentration, thought and love of detail: torrential watchlists, message alerts and popups and other stimuli all cry for your attention.
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With a book your lap, it's all different, and whether a reader spents his time with my book in devoted attention or with his thoughts miles away - I'd be equally happy. Like the man avowing that he loved a symphony so much that he never heard the end of it. :meditation:
Another reason is that I simply love making books, not just mine, but anyone's, if they have a subject that cries out for it. It's much like pictures.

The book has 80 pages and is in full-colour. You may recognize a number of pictures that are already in my gallery, but most of the work is unpublished. Also, a number of the pictures that you may know, have been seriously redone. Apart from achieving at least a hint of quality, my concern was that the book was really a book, a flowing visual story that occasionally makes you leaf back and forth, and not a "best-of" collection of pictures with a cover around it. I hate artistic ego-documents, but it has been my experience, here too, that, while the lens may point away from you, it may still show something of your innermost soul. If anything, I'd call my book a "we-document", it's about people, any people, not just tourists and Italian. So, it's not really a travel book either.
The direct link to its page www.blurb.com/books/2324435 :iconcrushplz: You can see it in full preview but keep in mind that the Flash and the screen resolution (72 or 96 ppi) is less than print resolution (300 ppi), so some parts will look less crisp than in the book. Photobooks aren't expensive, but they cost a lot of money, if you know what I mean. There's a reasonably priced softcover edition, a slightly less cheap hardcover in dustjacket and the bibliophiles may go for the imagewrap-hardcover that I've given thicker paper with a shine.
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I'd like to thank everybody here who helped me on the way, from the ones that even supported me when I was still shooting bugs in the garden to the ones that provided me with help and constructive criticism. Even if you don't buy any of these, I wish you much fun with viewing my baby! :iconbrewplz::woohoo::heart:

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Tuscany as seen by friends and other Deviants: :heart:

terre di toscana 08h by bagnino terre di toscana 0649 by bagnino :thumb216924192:
The Gold Corner by MYLermontov Under Uffizi by MYLermontov Is Anybody There? by VeryBadGirl
The Beautiful Square III by VeryBadGirl Volterra : church by LordDrachen Volterra by IlDivinoMuccato
Arezzo by Lovizol Val D'Orcia 24 by skattolento ..Voci.. by Seilale

Some pictures in my book:

Faith By Numbers by EricForFriends The Quiet Absence of the Dead by EricForFriends Just a thought away by EricForFriends
Don't fade away by EricForFriends Suspicions by EricForFriends Against my ruins by EricForFriends

  • Listening to: Anzhelika Varum - Yesli On Uydet
  • Reading: Gerry Badger, The Pleasures of Good Photographs
  • Watching: Eddie Izzard
  • Eating: Buggles
  • Drinking: Beer
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absinthFenix Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
I really want to buy this one, but shipping to Serbia is ridiculous!!! 28eur...
Awful...
Anyway, I am so happy for you, the book looks great, and the subject is wonderful.
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
*Denneris had the same complaint (see below), it's completely mystifying what issues Blurb or US Mail have with Serbia. :? :confused: :iconcanwegonow:
Photobooks are rarely cheap, but if they cost twice their price because of the postage, it's ridiculous.
I've ordered a few copies with shiny paper to sell directly, and I can send one to you with 6,32 E postage added to the current price, just let me know if you're still interested. :)
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absinthFenix Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yes, I have two books on Blurb and I haven't ordered them because they are too expensive even for direct selling.
Of course I am interested, but I am going to Greece shortly and I will be back in September. Can you send it to me then? I really appreciate this!!!
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
You have books on Blurb? :faint: Can you send me the link?

September is no problem, I'll be away for some time in August too. Maybe we can combine something, I don't know if it's possible to order copies as an author and have them sent to another address, but if so, you could send your copies to me, I could send them on to Serbia with my own book, and it would probably be a lot cheaper.
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absinthFenix Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
You know them both :)
They are Yard books [link] and this one [link]
They were both too expensive on Blurb for most artists so we made them download free here, so anyone can print them as they wish. If you wish, I can print them for you here (I think it is lot cheaper than in Netherlands, I will see how much exactly)and send them, when we are both home.

But, I am now preparing my own books. First will be "Ionian windows" but more in street manner not architecture, and the other will we "Ionian winds" mostly about sailboats, but more in seascape/landscape manner.
I am awful, I am preparing them for 7 months now...but finally they will be ready in September. Those two, I will put them on Blurb for sure.
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
It would be nice to have them in print. The first has almost all the regular of the Yard and the second one is still a great concept, worth a repeat if you ask me. I still regret that I didn't participate. :)

My extra copies from Blurb arrived just this morning, so I can send one anytime you like. :)

I'm a terrible procrastinator. I used the deadline of the Blurb "Photography Books Now" contest to keep me going and get it finished; I had been thinking and preparing for some time too though.
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absinthFenix Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
I will print them when I get back in September, if that is ok. We have to choose paper format and paper. Any preferences?
And than you can send me your copies. That would be wonderful.
Thanks a lot Eric :D
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
ohhhh great!!! :eager:
congrats Eric!
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
:boogie: Thank you, Mary! :hug:
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YannosGATO Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Great work Eric!Congratulations!!!
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much, Yannos! :D
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CrinaPrida Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
will look straight away - all i do seems in slow motion these days with this heat!!! :iconbbqplz::iconbrewplz::sprint:
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
I hope it will withstand the stand of your criticism! :bow::beer:
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bagnino Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011   Photographer
grazie Eric
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Proszę, Roberto!
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petit-korrigan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
:thumbsup: Uncle Eric! :bow:
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
:manhug: Uncle Patrick!
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Madrigal-Moonlight Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
This looks interesting, Eric. Being in bookselling and publishing myself, I can image, how much it means to you to see your photos and ideas published... CONGRATULATIONS!
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
It's an experience that I can recommend to anyone! :D Thank you very much, Tiziana!
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musetta30 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Congrats! Wondeful photos of a wonderful place :rose:
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you Lucila! :iconrosesplz:
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musetta30 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
:heart:
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MarinaCoric Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional
Congrats, Eric! :dance: :hug:
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you Marina! :squee::cuddle:
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KarenFiore Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Book looks stunning...may I ask what it cost to do this...note if you want.
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you, Karen, it's good to get praise for something that was so much work and that feels quite personal.
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KarenFiore Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your book of your journey and experiences look superb,congrats Eric :clap:
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much, Jonathan! :iconcheers2plz:
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Seilale Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
..Congratulations..!!..Wonderful work..!!.. :)
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much, Lisa! :sun:
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vbagiatis Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh Tuscany! :love:

Congrats Eric and many thanks for including me here!
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you, Vangelis, and it's a pleasure! :D :sun:
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VeryBadGirl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Many congratulations on your "baby", Eric! I'll view it asap! I'm sure you did a wonderful work! :clap: :peace:
My heartfelt thank you for the double feature! :heart: :hug:
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome, Manuaela! And thanks for the congratulations! :heart::hug::aww:
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guille1701 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Congratulations Eric!!!
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much, Guille! :hug:
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guille1701 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Most welcome Eric! :hug:
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Denneris Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Bravo Eric! It looks fantastic! :clap: :clap: I really want to buy it, and I was going through their shipping calculator and appears that they price of shipping it to Serbia will be more expensive than the book it self? Do have any other method to sell the book? I would really love to have it!30E for such a book is OK price, but to add 35 more E for the shipping is a bit too much for me :(
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
30 euros is ridiculous. :faint:

I just checked - the cheapest rate for a 450 g parcel from here to Serbia, using plain mail, is 6.32 E. I've ordered the same book myself yesterday, and the postage was 6.49 from the US to Holland. Are you sure you didn't select a hardcover book or something like that?

However, I don't know exactly when, but I plan to order a number of books in one go (hoping their postage won't add up to something like 150 E or so :lol: ). It wouldn't be a problem to send one on, but it might take a month or so, for we are on vacation in August when they probably arrive.
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Denneris Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
OK, thanks! I'll check again. I am pretty sure that I didn't choose a hard-cover, but I'll recheck anyway. This sounds good if you could send it to me! We'll be on holidays in August too, but we can organise something for September if I don't get it before.
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Alright, let me know if you find out anything more. :)
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Denneris Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
sure :excited:
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Piarvi-Recherreen Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
congrats, eric :party:

tuscany, very interesting subject ...
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you, Pierre-Henri! I'm sure you'd like it there too. :boogie:
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Piarvi-Recherreen Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
seems very beautiful, yeah, never had the luck to go there yet ... have you seen some of the beautiful recent shots in tuscany by *vbagiatis and ~bagnino ?
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
I hadn't! :sprint: I've added some of them now, they add a special touch of quality that I was missing. :eager:
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