New Book Published: “Conversations”

Selected Photographs from the Daily Photo Game Project

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About the Book:

Russ Widstrand's 64 page 12"x12" coffee table book based on his photographic and conceptual conversations with players from the 2013 Daily Photo Game (DPG) project.

-View the online book (click anywhere to magnify text or image)

-Buy coffee table book  (on-demand printing 1 or 1000 books)

About Russ Widstrand and DPG:

When I was first approached in 2013 about the Daily Photo Game concept, I was so discouraged about the photography industry and my personal photography in general, that I shared this vulnerable thought with founding member Eliot Crowley... "I don't pick up a camera anymore for personal work, just for jobs". A sad confession.

Gladly,  that has now changed.

Historically, my passion for photography goes beyond the traditional notions of a photograph. My interest lies in conceptual thought as it pertains to story and process. So when the game began I wanted to bring this orientation to the table, and in doing so, perhaps rekindle my passion in creating the art I have been producing since I was 16.

Even at that early age, I was interested in manipulation of process, concept and narrative in photography. Some of my earliest photographs were intentionally shooting the wrong film for the wrong application. This interest in concept and execution has manifested itself most markedly in my photo-illustration work and “The Pear Series” photographs, shot on polaroid film.

How the Daily Photo Game works: Every 10 days in repeating order, a given photographer's "game day" will arrive. On that day, the photographer will create and post a new image within 24 hours, a visual response to the previous photographer's submission. The thumbnail strip shown at top or bottom of the book, represents the timeline of image progression.

 

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"Sounds" and "Sounds of Silence": Robert Nease (left) and Russ Widstrand (right) photographers.

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"Dragon Teeth" and "Containment": Robert Nease and Russ Widstrand respectively.

"Woody" and "Carved Pear #1" Robert Nease and Russ Widstrand, respectively.

"Woody" and "Carved Pear #1": Robert Nease and Russ Widstrand, respectively.

The photographs included in this book are excerpts from the 2013 - 365 image project and are not in series. The image pairings are a visual conversation, within myself, outwardly with my fellow players of the game, and with the audience at large. - Russ Widstrand

The 2014 version of the Daily Photo Game is now ongoing and can be viewed at dailyphotogame.com

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7 Responses to “New Book Published: “Conversations””

  1. Now here is an interesting book. And it answers the question where do these guys get their ideas.The on line version is fabulous too.I am now rethinking Blurb myself.Way to go Russ!

    · May 8, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

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  2. Congratulations Russ! What a great idea and well done. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed “watching” the game progress.

    · May 8, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

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  3. Trio Vintners says:

    This is the greatest GIFT idea! What a fantastic job you’ve done putting together not only an interesting and informative book, but a wonderfully creative one as well!

    · May 8, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

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  4. Thanks to all for your support! Russ

    · May 9, 2014 @ 5:09 am

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  5. Nancy Townsend says:

    My husband and I stumbled upon Russ’ website and was so impressed by the quality of his work. His product is so unique. Photography of this caliber is becoming a lost art. We always struggle with what to get for friends later in life who have everything, now we have the answer “Conversations”.

    · May 9, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

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  6. Russ, Congratulations on “Conversations.” Amazing compilation of great visual art; powerful images; reminds me why still photographic images are so valuable and continue to drive most ad campaigns; I enjoyed the touches of humor. Thank you. Steve

    · May 12, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

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  7. There are great Photographers, and then there are Artists who use the medium of Photography. Russ Widstrand is both. Check out the very interesting concepts in this excellent new book.
    (One of) my faves is “Popcorn anyone” – juxtaposing the shapes and textures of a cloud and a popcorn kernel – I thought I was the only one who sees stuff that way.

    · May 13, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

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