LensWork Publication Skills Grant
Publication Design Grant
Eric Myrvaagnes - MA, United States
Having photographed seriously for over fifty years, I have recently been considering producing one or more books of my best photographs. I expect to fund the book production myself. I would plan to use the grant to learn enough about layout and book design to produce a simple but elegant book. I also would like consultation in approaching the important decisions about Print on Demand vs. a production run and possible ways to promote the book beyond the audience I have identified below.
For my first book project I would like to produce a monograph featuring what I consider the best of my black and white work, about 80 images. I intend to follow it with a color book, and then possibly some smaller books on particular subjects I have visited and returned to over the years – Plum Island, mountains, rural landscapes.
My passion for photography gained clarity and focus in the mid-1960s when I attended two workshops with Minor White and one with Paul Caponigro. The passion was limited to weekends and vacations during graduate school and 35 years as a professor of math and computer science. Since I retired eleven years ago, I have been able to pursue my photography more intensely.
In my photography I am more interested in evoking emotions than in depicting reality. Sometimes I am struck by the simple beauty of a scene, but more often a shape or form or the effect of light will suggest to me something other than the physical subject. In recent years I have concentrated more on abstract images, sand patterns on a beach at low tide, squiggles of tar intended to repair cracks in pavement, or weathered graffiti on an abandoned railroad car. For me these images function as “Equivalents,” as that term was used by Alfred Stieglitz and by MinorWhite.
On the Luminous Landscape Forum the thread that I started about Abstract images has been very popular, and I have had many positive comments from forum members.
My prints, both traditional and digital, have been in many publications and group and solo exhibits. For years I have considered trying to produce books of my photographs, and that idea gained urgency when I learned that I have chronic kidney disease and may need either a transplant or dialysis before long.
I have lived in Newton, Massachusetts since 1972.
The Black and White book will start with individual images from early in my career followed by groups on Trees, Road Tar, Sand, and Ice. I would plan to produce copies of the B&W book to make available at close to cost to people who know me and members of my photographic community on the Luminous Landscape Forum.
The sample of images attached shows a few of the photographs I intend to include in the first book.