The Rock is the latest addition to the ever-growing collection of exquisite coffee table photo books featuring my pictures.
It truly deserves its own page, though, for several reasons.
Sounds good? Read on!
The book contains 48 selected pictures taken during a week-long stay on Capri between March and April, long before the crowds invaded the island.
The April weather lived up to its name and didn't spare with chilly mornings, occasional showers, and stormy winds. The end of the week saw the Vesuv — visible from my hotel room when the fog allowed it — covered in fresh snow.
The hotel opened for the season the day before my arrival, available places to eat were scarce, and all fashion shops stood in different stages of renovation.
It was wonderful.
I almost missed my plane home when fast ferries were canceled because of rough seas on the day of departure. The old, slow ferry took me over the Gulf of Naples to an unacquainted harbour terminal just in time for a hasty taxi ride through empty streets of a late Sunday morning to the airport.
“Once upon a time there was a wave who loved a rock in the sea, let us say in the Bay of Capri. The wave foamed and swirled around the rock, she kissed him day and night, she embraced him with her white arms, she sighed and wept and besought him to come to her.”
Erich Maria Remarque, Arch of Triumph
The book sports 98 inner pages made of true, heavy matte photographic paper. The paper is perfectly fit to reproduce fine details and a great tonal range of both colour and black-and-white pictures. Its smooth coating also prevents distracting reflections and keeps fingerprints at bay.
The hard cover has a signature eggshell fabric surface which is very pleasant to touch.
The book shares a simple, understated layout with previous editions in a highly collectible series. Due to its portrait format, it now slips more easily onto your bookshelf.
A very good question! Quick answer: you can touch it.
If you remember the time when photographs had to be developed and printed to be enjoyed, you'd probably know what a difference it made to hold a real thing in your hands, instead of looking at a glimmer on your monitor.
If you know your pictures in digital form only, be prepared for a complete new visual and emotional experience.
The sensation is even more direct than comparing ebooks to their paper brethren. This is like feeling the original painting in a museum rather than only seeing it on a thumbnail image along a Wikipedia article.
Computers and internet are great, but they reduce our perception of the world to sight and sound only. Dare to stand up from your desk and get to know what lies beyond — with all your senses.
You may be surprised.
You may even like it.
This is simple!
The "small" format is very handy to hold and pass around but still quite impressive.
The choice from the provider's Professional Line is slightly larger than A4 when folded. It is handmade from specially selected materials.
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