David Firman’s new photography book, From Our Windows, tells a personal story of life contained within the four walls of his Wolseley home. Set during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, David uses a vintage Polaroid SX-70 camera to explore the relationship of sanctuary to the now-viral world outside—two worlds separated, yet tantalizingly connected, by thin sheets of window glass.
From Our Windows is a self-published hardcover book available through the author’s website at www.firmangallery.com.
Ordinarily, I would recommend a walk down the frozen surface of Omand’s Creek, the perfect antidote for these COVID-19 days of uncertainty and social-distancing. At its mid-winter best, this is a walk with some risk—crawling on ice through a steel conduit, for example—but spring is closing in, temperatures are rising and water can already be seen flowing over deteriorating ice. A walk is all but impossible till next winter.
In its place, I offer a self-isolating, fireside-and-scotch alternative: my just-published On Omand’s Creek, the eighth in the Ways To Walk series of small softcover books.
Winnipeg is blessed with frigid winters. Its rivers and creeks freeze over every year, without fail, becoming seasonal sidewalks, opportunities to revisit the city from unique perspectives. Of all those frozen waterways, Omand’s Creek is arguably the most tortured, most compromised. Yet there is an aching beauty to be seen from its white banks. On Omand’s Creek is the story in words and pictures of my trek up this iced-over creek, from its mouth at the Assiniboine River and stretching north to Brookside Cemetery.
I’m proud to announce the publication of Navigating Hope. This is the seventh in my Ways To Walk series of small softcover books documenting—through photography, prose and map graphics— a number of my short, mostly Winnipeg walks in search of nothing in particular other than some vague understanding of where I am at any particular moment.
Navigating Hope and the other Ways To Walk books can be previewed and purchased at my Blurb Bookstore.
This Saturday, I’ll be at the Canzine Central (Winnipeg) and the Winnipeg Anarchist Book Fair to show off six walk-related art books as well as a new “product” related to my art books. If you happen to be in Winnipeg this weekend and have a chance, please drop by my table and say hello.
Canzine Central runs from noon to 6:00 pm this Saturday, October 22, at the Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street, Winnipeg. Head up to the second floor. The book fair will take place in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium. For more information and a schedule events, take a look at the website, http://www.brokenpencil.com/canzine-winnipeg
Admission is free! Even better, it comes with the fall issue of Broken Pencil: Magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.
But do bring some pocket money (the event is cash-only). There will be plenty of zines and other small press publications to purchase. My books will available as well.
To whet your appetite, here are a few pictures of the books I will have on display, as well as a sneak peak of my latest art book production. Continue reading →
I hope to meet some of you at my table of small press books on Saturday, October 22, 2016.
That’s the date of Canzine Central and The Winnipeg Anarchist Bookfair at the downtown Millennium Library, 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. It’s billed as a “giant zine fair including comics, zines, small press, alt-press, DIY, art books, and more!”
I will be there to show off all six of the walk-inspired books I’ve talked about on WalkClickMake over the past three years. This is your opportunity to hold them, peruse them, perhaps even buy one or two. Continue reading →
The last two posts to WalkClickMake have focussed on a small project I am working on, a walk down Winnipeg’s Arlington Street in Winnipeg and across the splendid landmark at its midpoint, the Arlington Bridge.
The idea began innocently enough last May, with a casual walk across the bridge and an opportunity to play with the panoramic function of my iPhone to create a few abstracted views of the bridge’s superstructure.
Those experimental images led, later that year, to my Arlington Street project: a walk down the length of the street; a visual diary of still and panoramic photos; an essay; and, finally, a book. Continue reading →
The title of my blog is WalkClickMake. As the subtitle says, my goal is to explore the unlikely intersections of walking, photography and making.
One of those “unlikely intersections” is my growing collection of small, affordable books. Each volume is at the “making” end of a process that begins with a walk, leads to a collection of photographs and culminates in a personal essay.
WalkClickMake, the blog, is an integral part of the making process. This is where photos are edited and selected, graphics are developed, and words are formulated. For some walks, the blog post is the final resting place for a small project. Others are taken one step further and assembled as a book.
New: Walking the Water
Walking the Water is my latest self-published book, available through the on-demand publisher, Blurb Books. It’s the fifth in a string of publications that will grow into an extensive Encyclopedia of Walking. You may recognize the photos, text and graphics used in Walking the Water. All began life, earlier this year, as blog posts on WalkClickMake. Continue reading →