At the suggestion and encouragement of a few good friends, I have submitted a number of photographs for consideration in th e LensCulture 2019 Art Photograph Awards. It’s a long (impossible) shot, but why not? Life is short.
My last photograph of Flathead Lake before departing.
I was privileged to witness the sunset phenomenon known as alpenglow only twice during my time in Montana. This was the second time. It only lasts for a few minutes; this was shot from the rear parking lot of the firm where I worked.
This is great.
I DON’T NORMALLY COMMENT on the artwork that I create; a piece should succeed or fail on its own, without the assistance (or distraction) of commentary. That said, I’ll make an exception in this case, because it’s germane to the nature of the piece.
"You begin every book as an amateur and as a dummy, and in the writing, you discover the book. … Gradually, by writing sentence after sentence, the book, as it were, reveals itself to you through your language. So each sentence is a revelation."
- Phillip Roth
I defy you to get through all of these. Wow.
No project of this magnitude happens in isolation, and like all of us, I stand on the shoulders of the giants of my formative years; my loving parents, my tolerant siblings, my magnificent teachers, and my civic forbears.
The cover of the book is based on a work of vector art that I created this past summer. The artwork features the mathematical value Pi to 20,660 decimal places, rendered in two connected spirals. Readers of the novel will find that this has significance.
In preparation for publishing the novel (I'll be self-publishing, for now) I've set up a Publishing House and designed a brand. Cool. Here is the logo. The logo features the letters A and P, arranged to suggest an eye. The "A" forms the eyebrow; the "P" forms the iris.