‘Photography through the Pandemic’ by 35mmc

This is a book that I supported. on Kickstarter as it was put together by a group of photographers that I know (35mmc). Sadly, before the project was finished one of the photographers, John Whitmore died. This book was dedicated to John after his death, and the profits are going toward helping support his daughter.

The fifty photographers who feature in this book have four pages in which they introduce themselves and their work, as well as displaying some of their images. The wide variety of styles and subject matter is fascinating, from nature to street scenes from cyanotypes to panoramics, people to a typology of snails, and multiple exposures to architecture, this book has it all.

It is a great addition to my photo book collection. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in every element of this project, you have done a superb job.

‘The Ink Black Heart’ by Robert Galbraith

This is the sixth book in the Strike series by Robert Galbraith.

I read this book in one day, I started in the morning and read until I fell asleep late in the night, it is impossible for me to read these books slowly and I always end up with a type of reading hangover when I finish the next installment of the Strike Series.

This title like the others in the series was a very clever mystery that kept pulling me through the story from the first page.

Robin Ellacott doesn’t know what to do with a frantic co-creator (Edie Ledwell) of a popular cartoon that she has never heard of and dismisses the case. This is until the same woman is found dead, at which point Robin and Strike get pulled into the mission to uncover what actually happened to Edie.

The answer seems to be based on who or what is Anomie? However, things are never that simple and with a complex web of aliases, interests, and family conflicts to deal with, Robin and Strike find that this case stretches their skills.

‘The Storyteller’ – Dave Grohl

As a fan of Dave Grohl, this is a book that I have been looking forward to for years. I loved his Mothers book ‘From Cradle to the Stage’, and have always hoped that Dave Grohl would write a book like this. The author has managed to tell some of the lesser known or completely unknown stories of his life while managing to avoid certain controversial subjects.

The name of the book is perfect because Dave Grohl is a great storyteller, any interview with him is entertaining, as he has a certain energy, an appreciation, gratitude and joy for every facet of his life that seeps through the pages of this book. This book is not laid out like a normal autobiography, in so far as, it doesn’t follow a linear fashion. The Author has made it clear that he and his publishing team would decide on what stories they wanted to tell and that is why this is a collection of short stories rather than a traditional narrative autobiography.

There are a lot of highlights to be in the stories in this book, in particular, I love the Joan Jett story, the one about the after award ceremony dinner, as well as the one that explains the effect of playing for President Obama had on the author and band.

One of the main messages from this book is that the Author is still amazed by the opportunities and experiences that his life has offered him. This is one of those books where I had to portion my time with it, as the temptation was to read the whole thing cover to cover in one sitting. I was delighted to hear Dave Grohl say in an interview that this was his first book, so guess who needs more bookshelf space for Dave Grohl books? The way he and his team have designed this book means that there could be a lot of books to come.

I can understand why he wants to put his voice out into the public about his life, as I have read a couple of other books on him and Foo Fighters, and it makes sense that he would want to put out his version of his life, in an effort to keep some control over imaging.

Polaroid Now

This is a different type of a book review, as it is about a photography book that is the result of artists using Polaroid cameras and film across the decades. I love photography and instant photography is one of my favourite types, so anytime I see anything Polaroid or Instax, I buy it. However, this book has some images from some Twitter friends of mine, which made this book even more interesting to me. It is fantastic to see some lesser known Polaroid Photographers feature beside some legendary names, including Andy Warhol.

A lot of thought went into every facet of this book, from the cover art, to the gold edged pages, to the paper stock, the layout and most importantly, as I previously mentioned, the mixture of Photographers featured.

If you like photography, Polaroids, or just lovely books, I would recommend this publication. I know it is one that I will return to many times in the future.

I have included a non affiliated link below to German Amazon. If you buy it from this link, I will not benefit in any way whatsoever, I have included it for information reasons.

Thank you to all those who were involved in putting it together, it is a joy to read.