Saturday, February 05, 2011

CITIES OF DUST: American Decay Photo Book

Recently I put together a book of selected photos from the last eight years, essentially the entire length of my photographic "career," which has seen me go from disposable cameras to, uh, toy cameras. Anyway, it turned out to be an arduous process, but I'm pretty happy with the results. These are what I would call "decay" photos; shots of abandoned houses, old prisons, destroyed motels, and desolate textile mills, amongst other alluring places, taken throughout the United States. I tried to include a variety of themes and geographic locations from amongst the relatively small pile of photos that I consider to be "good." "Good" meaning something I'm pretty much at a loss to articulate, which is why I had to take the photo in the first place, I guess. If you want to have a look you can flip through the book RIGHT HERE.

I'm not trying to sell this book, although you CAN buy a copy directly from the link above. The book is fairly expensive and I wouldn't make any money off it anyway. However, if you DO want a hard copy and don't have money to burn, I'd be happy to help you get a copy as cheaply as possible. Picaboo often has on-line coupons to reduce production costs and shipping. So, check for those. Also, they sometimes offer discounts for purchasing multiple copies. If several people want a copy, I could order them all and then send them out to folks at the discounted price. Thus it might pay to contact me before ordering. I can be reached at the e-mail address on my profile page. But, really, if you only check out the book on-line that's fine with me.

The photos accompanying this post are from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railyard in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. I did a whole post on this magnificent (and vacant) complex awhile back. If you like, you can read it HERE. Two railyard photos are featured prominently as a center spread in the book.