I sit on the couch drinking a cup of coffee enjoying the bright morning sunlight coming through the window. I love this moment. My apartment is quiet and the street is empty. There is only me. As I sit there I glance over at my bookshelf and ask myself, "why haven't I looked at half of those books?"
I'm a big photo book collector and I used to live in them. Borrowing ideas, learning tips, and reading the experiences of other photographers but at some point I stopped which lead me to where I am now. A shelf full of unread unseen books.
To change that I will spend a week or two with a book and share my thoughts about it!
This week I took a look at Dan Winters Road to Seeing.
This book is beautiful. The cover texture and even the first page have a unique design. The cover is a textured gray with silver text and the first page has the Winters logo in the center with a beautiful gray kaleidoscope type of graphic as the background. It has an amazing balance of text and photos. The text gives you a detailed insight to Dan's life, his thought process, and the behind the scenes context while providing powerful imagery, for example the thought process of the Denzel Washington portrait and the Fred Rodgers story. My most favorite thing about this book is the quotes. Every so often you come across a page with powerful words such as: "Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road" or "It is vital to me that the image not reflect the chaos that is taking place outside of the frame."
Dan takes you on a humble journey through his life while giving insight to his photographs, and sharing valuable photo and life tips that will help you on your photographic journey.
If you have plans to add to your collection Dan Winters' Road to Seeing is a must have.
Check out Dan Winters' work here.