The current issue of EXTRA, the magazine of the fotomuseum (FoMu) Antwerpen features Socotra in its special on landscape photography and history.
Some of you might have noticed already – In many copies of the regular trade edition (and only in this edition) dark spots appear over time on a couple of pages. I was shocked when I saw it for the first time and was close to burning the full edition of the book. Luckily enough, I was convinced that the problem – though it sucks – isn’t bad enough to bring 500 books to the local landfill.
But let me give you some background information on how these stains could happen – and how it happened:
Expect to receive your personal copy in the coming two weeks – or order quickly if you haven’t yet. Over 25% of the edition is sold already and the book is not even in bookshops yet.
On August 05 at 17:05 Istanbul time, the moment had arrived and my Socotra book went on press.
It’s another three days. In three days, I will send my book to the printer. In three days, I will board an aircraft to Istanbul. And in five days an armada of monstrous offset machines will start printing my book. It’s exciting. It’s nerve wrecking.
The last days (not to say weeks) I was a single-minded nerd, not able to do anything but think about the book, talk about the book, work on the book. As I am writing these lines, I am printing the hard proofs. I am waiting for my proof reader to send me the (hopefully but of course not) errata-free texts.
Today, I will go out with friends and have beers in the sun, the first step in a re-socialization process that hopefully won’t take as long as the production of this book – that is over a year.
At least, the book looks great! (And it does, really.)
One of the most iconic images of my upcoming ‘Socotra’ book is the Landing of the Adventurers. I summons the whole objective of the project, the character of islands, the idea of travel, and the nature of exploration in one single photograph. I would like to share with you how I took that photograph.
It was during my second stay on Socotra that I met two German travellers. Actually, we first met at the airport in Sana’a already – and then again by chance on the beach of Di Hamri the next day. We got along well and they offered to go along with them for couple of days. One evening I invited them over to my hut and cooked pasta with shrimps for them and I generously shared the little wine I had brought along.
The next day, the next day, they planned to go to the beautiful lagoon of Sho’ab. It is quite remote and only reachable by foot or boat. They asked me along. The currents were strong that day and we were all glad to reach shore after an exhausting hour in the waves. Usually, tourists are brought to the far end of the beach, away from the hamlet of Qabahan. I planned to stay in the village for some days to photograph and to create a genealogy so our boatman directly headed for the settlement. Immediately, all the children gathered on the beach to welcome us. I was the first one to get out of the boat and looked back to take pictures of the others wading through the water. On the spur of a moment, one of the local boys saluted my travel companion. I snapped the photograph.
Most of the 100 numbered, stamped, and signed special edition of my upcoming ‘Socotra’ book is sold already. The very last 25 books will now be auctioned. Lovers of opulent photography, book worms, collectors, and Friends of Socotra have now a last chance to secure one of the few remaining copies of the strictly limited edition.
(The idea is to raise additional funds necessary to make the (very expensive) printing of the book possible.)
The special edition includes a 20*30cm print of one of the photographs in the book, and a numbered and signed copy of my Socotra book. Most importantly, supporters will be named and thanked in the final book. (Please also see the initial blog post on the presale for exact information about what the special edition is like.)
(There are also some very very few books of the all hand made and self bound version, covered in goat leather which is died with resin of the rare Dragon Blood Tree from the island Socotra, available – contact me for exact details.)