Updated 4.28.2010: Distant Echoes is now available through CreateSpace
After more years than I care to admit and more photographs than I can count, a good friend finally convinced me to step off the curb and publish my work. That advice led to the creation of my first book, Distant Echoes (get the rookie card now folks!). The idea for that project hatched from a haiku I’d written entitled “Insomnia” when a friend put it together with a number of my night and low-light photos. Her thesis was that there are an awful lot of people who don’t sleep well, and that those images might speak to them.
In the process of fleshing out the theme, she posed the question “When you climb inside what creates the sleeplessness, what happens?” In trying to find an answer to that question, the book outgrew the idea of a simple photo essay. I began adding poetry that spoke to the things that keep people awake nights. (Okay, the things that keep me awake nights.)
It was that model that gave me the idea for the name “Poetograph” (which apparently isn’t as original as I thought because my first choice – “Poetography” – was already taken).