My photo, “Winter Cardinal,” is the cover of Chesapeake 360‘s January 2014 issue. Another image, “December Reflections,” illustrates a full-page article on Chesapeake Views – Catching the Light. Thank you to The Star Democrat newspaper, on the Eastern Shore, for sharing these photographs of the Chesapeake Bay region. As I say in my book, “Photography is all about working with light, a mere blink of light, measured in time. The camera is a kind of clock.”
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A camera is a kind of clock, to borrow a metaphor from Roland Barthes, in Camera Lucida. Photography is about catching light, a blink of light, measured in time. As I prepare for the last book signing of 2013, the year becomes an image of time passing, almost as quickly as “a blink of light.”
I remember starting my book a year ago, selecting 82 images from 26,000 taken over eight years. Then came the writing, formatting, image proofing, the editing…and more editing. Finally, the printing. The hours seem like seconds, in memory. Now the year closes with a final book signing.
Pleasure comes from holding the book in my hands, remembering when I captured the images and what inspired me… those magical feelings that come from photographing nature. Sharing the images adds to the enjoyment. Unlike photographing a brief moment, a book lives on in time.
I look forward to tomorrow’s book signing as the year draws to a close. For those of you who haven’t attended one, it is a celebration of sorts, regardless of how many books are sold. The conversations and camaraderie between authors and readers are festive occasions, paying homage to creative words and images, in my case, on paper. It’s a respectful way to celebrate the year.
If you’re in the area, join me and nine other authors, for a festive holiday “Authors Night,” tomorrow (December 18), at the Kent Island Library, from 6 to 8 p.m. We’ll celebrate books, writing, and photography. The library’s address is: 200 Library Circle, just off Main Street, in Stevensville, Maryland, on Kent Island, the Chesapeake Bay.
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It’s a pleasure to receive a review by James Dissette, publisher of The Talbot Spy (go to: http://talbotspy.com/chesapeake-views-captures-shore-beauty/).
Sometimes we have to see through someone else’s eyes to newly appreciate the world at hand. Our workaday lives can dull our appreciation for the rich visual palette the Shore has to offer: the omnipresent Bay; the web of tributaries twisting through panoramas of forest and field; its vast array of marine, field and forest wildlife.
Good photographic images reintroduce us to the world around us. They are both a re-visiting and a discovery, and leave us wanting to explore with a refreshed curiosity. Wilson Wyatt’s collection of Eastern Shore photographs, “Chesapeake Views—Catching the Light,” is an invitation to rediscover the Eastern Shore, and sometimes discover facets of it for the first time.
While there are many wonderful wildlife photos, from soaring osprey to graceful mute swans, fawns silhouetted by orange dawns, along with a gallery of exquisite macro-images of butterflies in a section Wyatt calls “All the Little Live Things,” the spirit of the book glows within its selection of purely Eastern Shore motifs—fog-shrouded waterman tonging for oysters, fiery sunrises spilling gold across still rivers, a sailboat limned by the setting sun or a heron poised like a sentinel on the bow of a fishing boat.
Each image has a caption—some with technical advice for fellow photogs—poetically describing the image. The distinct captions become a helpful narrative for the reader. It’s a bit like walking through an art exhibition with a friendly and articulate tour guide.
Thank you for a delightful book review on The Talbot Spy! For more about the book, see “About,” on this blog.
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Because books make great gifts!
My photography book, Chesapeake Views – Catching the Light, and The Delmarva Review will be among the many books presented at “Holiday Authors’ Nights” at two libraries on the Eastern Shore. I’m delighted to join with other authors to sign and sell books for the season. Refreshments available. You’re invited!
Authors’ Night in Centreville – Wednesday, December 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Queen Anne’s Free Library, 121 S. Commerce Street, in Centreville, MD.
Authors’ Night on Kent Island – Wednesday, December 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Kent Island Library (Queen Anne’s Free Library branch), on Kent Island, 200 Library Circle, in Stevensville, MD.
Join us . . . we’ll talk about books, writing, and photography (in my case). Nothing is formal . . . just a festive evening. Books are the lasting gifts of words and images.
Meet the authors, including: Robert Bidinotto, Nick Hoxter, Susan Jones, Kenton Kilgore, Brent Lewis, Mark Lidinsky, Susan Reiss, Joseph Ross Jr., Jerry Sweeney, and Wilson Wyatt Jr. (me).
Just bring your good spirit!
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The Delmarva Review nominated the writing of six authors for The Pushcart Prize. It’s one of the greatest pleasures an editor can experience, recognizing the writers among the best, all in contention with other selected authors around the nation, their work competing for the coveted Pushcart Prize.
Being nominated for a prestigious literary prize gives authors more than recognition. It propels their work to another level of discovery. It’s a powerful incentive for writers to seek the best in literary writing, one of the primary purposes of the Review.
Personally, this caps a long year of hard work. A gifted team of editors, all skilled volunteers, can appreciate our selection of poetry and prose, all over again. We’ve gone through the difficult task of reading hundreds of submissions, making tough choices, accepting and rejecting the words that so many authors have labored over, sometimes for years.
The selection process was followed by the careful eyes of our copy editor, proofreaders, and designer. All of us felt an obligation to print a quality journal that respected the words of our authors. This often goes unnoticed, but a fine literary review is not just glued together and haphazardly sent to readers or posted online. It takes time, and a creative, caring hand.
The pleasure we feel today is from knowing that our authors appreciate their opportunity. It’s now up to another set of editors to make their choices. We’ll know next year.
The Delmarva Review nominations include:
– “Writing My Way Home,” a personal essay by combat veteran Ron Capps
– “Melissa,” a poem by William Peak
– “Immigrant,” a poem by Holly Karapetkova
– “November Morning,” a prose poem by Devon Miller-Duggan
– “Dioscuri,” a poem by Paul Otremba
– “Flowers Scarcely Withered,” a short story by Nancy Ford Dugan
Thank you to Pushcart Press for its continued support of literary work published in the small presses. And, thank you to a gifted team at The Delmarva Review…and to our sponsor, the Eastern Shore Writers Association. For more about the Review, copies, and submission guidelines, please see the website: www.delmarvareview.com.