“I tend to cast a wide net over the medium (photography) as to what sparks my interest. When people look at my bookshelves they are amazed - as I often am - when comparing my photography to the variety of titles on the spines of my book collection. 5B4 is a way for me to rediscover what has parted me from my money and to try to understand those objects in a critical way. It’s an exercise for my mind. To physically type these words helps me to think differently and forces me to form opinions that are, for the time being, steadfast. Although 5B4 appears to be for others, it is really just for me.”
This was my original statement for why I started 5B4 Photography and Books and it is still the reason I dedicate part of my time to writing about photobooks. 5B4 started one year ago today in the evening of April 15th 2007 after I returned from the post office to deliver my 2006 tax return. This was an important event because the week prior, I had added up all of my receipts from book purchases for the year to claim my usual deduction and the total amount shocked me. Truth be told, the final amount always shocks me. This set me onto thinking about why I place such importance on books, what makes a book a book and not just a group of photographs, and what compels me to collect them.
To express verbally what one receives from a work visually has always been a difficult task for me to fill. 5B4 has turned that difficult task into a curious distraction and a pleasant outlet in which to examine my obsession.
So now 5B4 Photography and Books is one year old. I wrote 199 posts and mentioned approximately 365 books last year. I hope this next year proves as interesting. In a couple months I will have some big news that most of you will be very interested to hear. Until then, the cat stays in the bag. I appreciate the readers and all of you who have left comments. I know I have a large readership so it is nice to hear other opinions. Thank you.
I have started a sister site to 5B4 Photography and Books called 5B4 Photobook Exchange which offers some books culled from my collection for sale or trade. I am not turning into a dealer, I just need to rid myself of unappreciated titles and find them some new homes (while possibly padding my dwindling income in this poor economy). Many are collectible, signed, inscribed or association copies and others just need some new love.
I also added a donation button should you appreciate what I am doing and wish to contribute something to the coffers. Think of me the same way you do to National Public Radio but without the pledge drives. I’ll be here even if you do not contribute but any amount is appreciated. Keep in mind that due to the cut Paypal takes on each transaction, contributions under one dollar pretty much just go into the pocket of Paypal.Please stay tuned...