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    My friend Katie West, whom I have known since she was very young indeed, christ I am so old now, says:

    I made a book. It’s called black and white.

    A long time ago Warren Ellis suggested I make a black and white photobook; something that didn’t cost an arm and a leg to get printed, something that anyone could pick up by way of print-on-demand, something that people from the internet could afford to buy five of – if they felt so inclined. It was, of course, a great idea, and I wanted to do it, but I got distracted by a few things. Or maybe just one thing: life.

    But that’s the entire point of this: here is my life of the past year and a bit laid out in a collection of 76 black and white photographs. Some of them are terrifically sad, as I suffered many losses and a bout of self-inflicted heartbreak during this time; some are ridiculously happy, as I learned to be better at recognizing happiness; many are concerned with my body and sexuality, as those are issues I’ve always been interested in and during the past couple years I’ve been confronted with a lot of criticism and revelations about the representation of my body in my photography. You don’t see anyone else from my life, or actual things I might do day-to-day, but you do see how I feel about the moments and events that end up changing me.

    And I hope that’s something that you like. Or find interesting. Or you could always give this book to your cousin. But I hope you keep it because your cousin’s a bit of a prude.

    This book is softcover, black and white, and very affordable. You can buy one now for $13.58. And then you can buy one for everyone you know! And you can reblog this! If you feel like it. :)

    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2011
    Warren makes it sound like he met me when I was 10. When in fact I was 21, or something like that.
    But he is still old.
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    Seriously, she was like a foetus or something.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2011
    It's a lovely book. I gave copies as yule gifts. I need to order more.
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    I have both Shivering Sands and Black and White in my Lulu cart. Just waiting until I have some of that stuff, y'know, the plastic-y things you exchange for goods and services?
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2011
    I said it on Tumblr and I'll say it again: this was a lovely, wonderful collection, Katie. It now sits on the same shelf as my William Gibson and Douglas Adams books, if that's any indicator of how much I love it.
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2011
    @dot_xom Oh! That's basically the best compliment you could've ever given me. :)