Dania received a $400 grant at Soup SF #1 for her project ‘Publishing the Poetry of Bruce Halpern.’ She’s a freelance photojournalist based out of San Francisco.
Late last night, after a long day, I was rewarded because for the first time I laid out the rough draft of the book. It was wonderful! I saw the pages (not digital pixels) in front of me. I still have to spend some time with it. I have to tweak the design, add content and critique. I plan to show this print-out to Bruce the poet tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the moment he has these printed pages in his hands. I am also very excited about getting this book out there in the world.
Dania received a $400 grant at the Soup SF #1 for her project ‘Publishing the Poetry of Bruce Halpern.’ She’s a freelance photojournalist based out of San Francisco.
After receiving the grant last month, I shared the good news with Bruce. It’s been a dream of his to be published and this opportunity grew the smile of a lifetime on his face. I’m even more thrilled to know of his excitement to be a part of this. He will soon be a published poet.
The collecting phase is moving forward in good speed. I’ve been photographing Bruce at least twice a week. With each visit I try to focus on a different idea. I’m posting images that show different angles that I’ve photographed. They are the environment Bruce lives in, the physical space he writes in and his relationship to the people around him. I was really excited that last week we finally got a chance to edit some of the poems I’ve typed out of his. Sometimes his handwriting is hard to understand, so editing is necessary. We sat at a bus stop on Market and Powell and got to work. As Bruce said, “let’s get to it.” The last image is of Bruce editing his poetry. In the later half of this month I plan to focus on the design of the book, while still going out to photograph. Then, in May it’s go time. I’m hoping to put the final touches on this book and have it printed.
update: Dania shares a glimpse of Bruce
Dania received a $400 grant at the March 22nd SoupSF for her project ‘Publishing the Poetry of Bruce Halpern.’ She’s a freelance photojournalist based out of San Francisco.
Through the Soup grant I received last week, I’m making a book exploring Bruce’s poetry. I’m excited to make all the pieces come together and produce something that feels right. At this stage in making the book I’m taking in all the advice handed to me. I’m a first-time book maker and a lot of people have great suggestions about things like which self publishing source I should use. These tidbits are useful and make this process all the more exciting.
I’m in the middle of collecting….collecting poems from Bruce…collecting images that tell Bruce’s visual story. I plan to spend as many days next week with him as possible. I’ll be sure to invite you into some of the images.
I want to share an image taken yesterday. Bruce entrusted me with one of his notebooks. I made a little studio at home and photographed each page. I’m not entirely sure how I’ll use the images and in the least it’s good to document stuff when it comes my way. I think the image is important because it shows you how he writes. It shows his writing character. Like, which words he scratches out. Or, when his words get harder to read because his thoughts are streamlining from head to paper.
The other picture is so that you can see inside his luggage. When he unzips that zipper, books start pouring out.
I’m excited about keeping everyone in the know about this project as it moves along. I’m also excited to hear whatever feedback is out there for me.
Thanks for the read!