I’m pleased to share a bit with you about Vision is Better II, a new photography book by David duChemin. The latest release in the Craft & Vision series, this new ebook is a collection of writing by duChemin, the lead force behind Craft & Vision.
If you’ve been reading duChemin’s blog over the past few years, you’ve likely read a fair amount of the material in this collection. A majority of the work has been previously published and is aggregated together into a flow that makes for a good read. Although it’s obvious that each of the articles was originally written to stand alone, many of duChemin’s pieces are multipart treatments of the same subject and work well in this compilation format. The book begins with a (freshly written) introduction to the author’s position within his life and the industry. duChemin writes of his current position in which he no longer takes on new client work (excluding when he views himself as the client). He provides context for his lifestyle of the past couple of years which includes his (lack of) traditional clients, extensive travel, a life-altering fall and rehabilitation, and going minimalist not only with camera gear but with life.
As I read through the extensive collection of writing (the book is 96 pages), some recurring themes emerged. duChemin struck me as one who probably embraces the spirit of Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan and would argue that ideas aren’t of much value unless one goes out and gets shit done. I appreciate the fact that some of the articles touched on what to do when things weren’t all rosy and rainbows; he offers suggestions for when one hits a stumbling point and the vision becomes blurred.
The book walks along the line between personal stories of the author’s life and discussion of creativity, originality, inspiration, and vision and photographic topics. Due to the “soft” nature of these subjects, the personal details provided (including the story of duChemin’s fall and recovery) fit well into the writing. In sharing his view on these topics, the author naturally shares a piece of himself.
I can recommend this book for anyone interested in discussion around the softer side of photography and how to find a place that allows one to grow as a photographer. Like all of the Craft & Vision ebooks, you can buy Vision is Better II for just $5.00.