Dear PhotographBook - 2012 | 1st ed.
"Taylor Jones has found a new way to tell our stories. Dear Photograph is digital nostalgia of the highest order--it will make you smile, maybe cry, and go find your old family photos."
--Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret
"Dear Photograph is a nostalgia bomb-bursting, brain cell-twisting, heartstring-pulling roller coaster ride into the emotional unknown. Taylor Jones taps into our secret fears, quiet dreams, and loving pasts."
--Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome
Based on the hugely popular website DearPhotograph.com--the internet phenomenon that was named one of the 50 Best Websites of 2011 by Time.com and selected as the #1 Website of 2011 on CBS TV's "The Early Show"--Dear Photograph by Taylor Jones is a charming, heartwarming celebration of the memories we all cherish. Including more than 70% of new, never before published photos, Dear Photograph is a gift of love and remembering.
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Take an old favourite photograph. Go back to the same spot from which it was taken, and take another while holding the old photograph within the frame. Add a dedication to the resulting picture. What you get is a small wormhole that brings the past into the present, and a book full of such photos from submissions to the website DearPhotograph.com, taken all over the world by people willing to share their memories. Some photos seem sweet, some are nostalgic, some are full of regret, and some of the photos are giddy with the foolishness of youth. Some of the captions are straightforward (“Dear Photograph, Can you tell him to turn around? I wanna see that cute little baby face again. –Nicole”) and others are intriguingly enigmatic (“Dear Photograph, You're the only memory I have left of this. -Louis”) – and all are fascinating in both their familiarity and mystery. (One very familiar photograph was taken in a post-tornado Goderich town square.) A picture is worth a thousand words, is what they say. The photographs and captions in this collection are worth a thousand questions. They have their own histories and tell their own stories but each one is really a secret - except to those who recognize them. Part confessional, part photograph album, Dear Photograph is an enchanting and captivating peep into the hopes, regrets, dreams and memories of others; a thought-provoking book that is sure to start discussions, bring back memories and to inspire new ones. Find it and other titles reviewed in this column at http://spl.bibliocommons.com under the tag shelf life reviewed. ~Robyn Godfrey, Collections Librarian
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