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Is five years too soon?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a photo book worth?
Five years ago, I taught at San Marin High School in Novato, California. From the moment I applied for the position on August 16th, 2010, until my last day at the school, I made powerful images. I started to belive in “photo gods.” I felt that if I just showed up with my camera, I would find a picture.
During the last few months, I have been physically unable to take pictures at the same speed. Instead of making pictures, I have been making photo books. I created one book about the 2011 San Marin Boys Basketball team. In 2011, the team won its first North Coast Section championship in school history. Eventually, the team lost in the CIF State Tournament.
I used Adobe Lightroom and Blurb to create a 110 page hard cover photo book. I called it, 5 Years Ago, 4 Games in Division 3 and I sent it to Coach Craig Pitti. I neglected to include my name anywhere on the book or envelope, but he figured out who sent it. He had seen some of the photos, but he hadn’t lived with them the same way that I had.
Of course he had the memories… and now he has the book. Five years later.