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Subject: [Leica] Finally! My Iraq photo book is done
From: montoid at (Montie)
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:05:14 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

I see...kinda figured you may have tried it.  It works
nicely as is IMHO.


I did lay it out with the journal broken up into parts but it created a
disjointedness since there aren't specifically photos which go with the
context of the journal. I felt that it watered down the journal by
segmenting it. There are also only two places where it can be broken up
effectively but then the visual element of the journal photos would
have had to have been omitted.

Thanks for the praise!

Phil Forrest

On Thu, 15 Dec 2011 18:19:55 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Montie <montoid at> wrote:

> +1  Some good work, Phil, and agree with Charlie's comment on
> the Diary!  Have you considered alternating the Diary pages with
> the Photography?  Kudos for hanging in there and getting it done!!!!
> Montie
> >>Phil,
> Great set of shots. I like the diary at the front too. It helps weave
> a real story.
> Best wishes,
> Charlie Chan
> Cheltenham, UK
> topoxforddoc at
> On 15 Dec 2011, at 19:42, Phil Forrest wrote:
> > As many here know, I was an independent duty combat photographer in
> > the US Navy attached to NMCB-4 (Hoorah Seabees!) from 2003-2005. In
> > August of 2004 I deployed with the 'Bees to Fallujah, Iraq and
> > worked to show the infrastructure work the battalion was doing. We
> > worked with the deployed battalions of the 1st Marine Division as
> > well as US Army combat engineers among others. I was in-country
> > from August, 2004 until the first week of January, 2005.
> > 
> > This last few months I have been working on compiling a book of
> > photos that I took with my Leicas while there (my work camera was a
> > Nikon D2h.) It's finally done and I'm putting this out to hopefully
> > generate a buzz to get a sense of the viability of doing a first
> > print run of at least 30 copies. As the book is 166 pages, the
> > single-print cost on is prohibitive for the would-be
> > buyer and I don't want to price the book out of reach.
> > 
> > So here it is:
> >
> > 
> > Feel free to let me know what you think of it and next week I think
> > I'm going to begin taking orders.
> > 
> > Thanks all!
> > Phil Forrest