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Coming Soonish: NYC At Your Feet

NYC At Your Feet Teaser

Well, I’ve been talking about it for almost 10 years, but it seems I’ve finally got my ass in gear.
And thus begins the early campaign for a decade’s worth of from-the-hip, below the waist photo treats going public in print and digital this spring. And by public I mean anyone who stumbles across maunet or happens to be friend or family enough for the book to bear out as gift or purchase. And by spring I mean probably early summer. You see, with the help of the good folks at blurb.com, this is a self-published affair. Voyeuristic, narcissistic – what’s the difference…

“Walk On The Wild Side” | Lou Reed

From the introduction:

The idea for this book began taking shape in October 1999 upon moving to New York City,
a town renowned equally for it’s eclectic style and harshness of character.

A place where, generally, we don’t make eye contact.

Sitting in a subway car, we follow protocol. Hunched against the winter wind,
our gaze drops to the ground beneath our feet. Our field of vision is self-limited
to that narrow frame between the pockmarked sidewalk and the waistlines of
our fellow New Yorkers. Through this lens we gather our first concrete observations,
draw initial conclusions about the kind of person passing by us might be.
Where they dine. Where they dance. Where they work and play.

Ok, so it needs some work. That’s what I’m doing. I’ve made enough contact prints to paper the wall of my apartment. Becca Black and Brady Spud have graciously helped me edit down from 500 shots to a mere 50 spreads celebrating the fashion foot. Building the layout’s a bitch. Sequencing it ain’t nothin’ like making a mix tape. Ok, something like it, but, um, harder. And there’s this whole InDesign thing, which quite unlike Photoshop, makes me feel small and stupid.

But it’s well on its way. Check back soon-ish.

NYC At Your Feet Layout

NYC At Your Feet Teaser

  1. Tuesday 03.22.2011 | 3:08 EDT

    hope says:

    congratulations! can’t wait to hold your book in my hands, so proud, xh

  2. Thursday 03.17.2011 | 4:20 EDT

    krebby says:

    Cool project! Can’t wait to see it.

  3. Thursday 03.17.2011 | 2:02 EDT

    KBJr says:

    Excellent and long-awaited news!!!!!!

  4. Thursday 03.17.2011 | 7:13 EDT

    zote63 says:

    pretty cool…my brother just made a blurb book on the national…

    1. Thursday 03.17.2011 | 11:10 EDT

      chairmanmau says:

      i’d love to see this, is there a digital version of it out there somewhere?

      1. Thursday 03.17.2011 | 4:26 EDT

        zote63 says:

        just let me find it…he did twenty pages with a hard cover…

  5. Thursday 03.17.2011 | 5:13 EDT

    melania says:

    this is So exciting! i can’t wait until i can get one for myself and some for gifts. it’s an excellent idea and the photos i’ve seen so far are stunning. will you intersperse the photo w/ stories, or leave it at a gorgeous visual book? also, will we be able to buy signed prints by you?

    1. Thursday 03.17.2011 | 11:06 EDT

      chairmanmau says:

      Thanks M – save for three chapter names, there will be no other text, save a douchy intro and some technical notes + thank yous. I’ll be selling the book online cost TBD. Prints will be sold as large as 13″x19″ archival quality color or black and white, cost TBD. Thanks for the support! Stay tuned, hope all is well! Let me knwo when you’re in NYC again, I keep missing you!

  6. Thursday 03.17.2011 | 1:18 EDT

    Sarah says:

    Freaking HATE indesign resorted to blurb.com for my books.. Book concept is intriguing..

    1. Thursday 03.17.2011 | 2:22 EDT

      chairmanmau says:

      Mos def, ID is a mean mistress. Did you do a sleeve cover or Image Wrap?

      1. Sunday 12.30.2012 | 6:31 EDT

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        Dave Sherewin brought me to this site last night. I am a mmeber but for some reason I am not receiving any e-mail notifications about the webinars from TryEDGE — or any communication from TryEDGE. What do I have to do to correct that?

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