A personal project that I have been working on for 11 years is very close to completion. Since 2005 I have been working on a photo book about the Antarctic Peninsula. It spans five years of photo work and six years of procrastinating. A couple of months ago I finally got around to making the final photo selections, re-processing all the selects in Aperture, and designing the actual book layout.
I used Blurb to produce three mock-up prototypes to test and fine tune the color reproduction and the final layout flow. I have to say that I'm positively surprised by the speed and quality of the results. Print on demand has come a long way in the last few years and I wish this technology had been available in my days as an Art Director!
As of today all that is pending is final copy for two essays that I hope to finish before the end of the year. Once those are complete I'll be offering the book in two formats: a "coffee table" edition (8x10 hardcover with printed dust jacket) and the "pocket" edition (5x8 paperback) seen in the photo above.
While I have had my work printed in books before, and in the past I have designed many books for other photographers, this will be my first solo book and I'm really excited about the results.
Stay tuned for updates!