Tuesday, July 17, 2012
It seems lately the actors, singers and writers who made up the fabric of my upbringing are leaving this earth at a faster and faster rate. One of those, I felt most connected to was author Donald Sobel, or maybe more so, his character Encyclopedia Brown. When I was growing up in the 80's, most of the books (and clothes, and toys) in my home all came from older cousins. It was tradition for family members to pass on everything to the younger members of the family. I can thank my cousin David for passing on to me the Encyclopedia Brown series. The magic of Encyclopedia, and his good friend Sally was that they were not superstars, or sports heroes, but were special because of their brains. In Sobel's books, it was not the jock or the cheerleader you wanted to follow, but the crime solving nerd who drew your attention, guiding you through one mystery after another.
If you love the work of photographer Mark Grantham as much as I do, you most likely are already familiar with his images of Greg. Mark first published 'Greg' in 2007, and the artist says it has always been one of his most popular books. As you can clearly see from these images, it is easy to see why. Greg's has incredible ethereal look, beautifully captured, both body and soul, in each of Grantham's images.
'I've learned a lot about printed and editing in the last 5 years though, so I wanted to do better by Greg - his images deserved it! This new 2nd edition is greatly expanded; new brighter editing, new layouts, and 20% more photos!'
Presenting Greg... This book is the result of 3 outings with Greg, all within a 9 month period. Each day was full of surprises - I hope you enjoy this photographic journey as much as I enjoyed capturing it!
Day 1: Greg was just 18. He arrived with 2 pair of low-rise pants, and a couple of T-shirts, and that was it. The clothes hardly entered into the shoot anyway.
Day 2: A duo shoot with Greg and CJ. They hit it off as soon as they met, talking about music, cars, school... For me, the day was a bit like chasing two puppies around while they played - hard to keep up with, but a whole lot of fun!
Day 3: Late summer found us shooting together again for the 3rd time... another solo shoot, but this time out in nature.
Preview more of Greg, and order a copy of your own HERE: