New Blurb book ‘Abandoned’ – and special competition!

I have a NEW BOOK available on BLURB!

Read more, sample a preview, and buy the book, on Blurb HERE.

Miss Aniela: Abandoned is a large-format book at 13 x 11″, with 68 pages of images from my Abandoned series as seen here on Flickr, and also featuring images previously unpublished to the web. It also includes non-self-portraits and a how-to on HDR photography and artistic process, showing how I have produced auto-bracketed and multiplicity images in abandoned locations.

In my art, shooting in abandoned places is not just a technical element of a shoot. Shooting in abandoned places is a world, a culture, a niche, and a series, all on its own.

Abandoned is a fusion of art, textual matter, and technical ‘how-to’, under the encompassing theme of the abandoned building. At its simplest level it shows the beauty and grandeur to different buildings I have visited during my random adventures, and to bring them together under one umbrella term as a celebration of colour, decay, and juxtapositions. It also explains some of the history of the buildings I have visited: namely the British mental asylum, which I became interested in shortly after my first visit to a derelict asylum, Hellingly Mental Hospital in East Sussex.

I also talk about various facets as to why I enjoy the opportunities in these places: light and dark, the unique conditions, and the element of the unexpected. For those who are interested in learning a tip or two, I also describe how the use of HDR (high dynamic range) can significantly aid the capturing of the high contrast lighting situations in abandoned places, which is often tricky. Using animate subjects in auto-bracketed images is not generally advisable, but I show you how it can be done. I also give a tutorial spread on artistic process of making three images.

The luxury large format (13 x 11″) is only fitting for these images, most of which are shot with a full-frame DSLR and are intended to be seen as large-scale edition prints. For the first time in one of my Blurb books, I give the details of the limited edition sizes and numbers for each image. Another first: I have also published non-self-portrait images including my images of Tim Andrews, a former lawyer who engaged in a project to be shot by over a hundred photographers after retiring due to Parkinson’s disease.

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Special promotion!

Buy the book between now and 30th September and be in with one of TWO chances to win a limited edition print of your choice from my Abandoned series.

The prints (each worth £350) will be the size 33 x 50cm (or thereabouts for different images). They are limited edition, meaning there will only ever be 10 of the image at this size. Each winner will choose a print from the whole of the Abandoned series as seen in the book.

The first winner will be drawn on 30th August, and the second on the 30th September. So if you buy early, you have double the chance of winning a print (Thanks Lewis LaRue for this idea!)

To be in with a chance of winning, this is all you have to do:

Buy Miss Aniela: Abandoned through Blurb, or a signed copy from me directly (by paying the cost of the book plus UK/international postage through Paypal or bank transfer, email me to find out how). If you buy the book through Blurb, BE SURE to forward me your Order Confirmation with your name and address otherwise I will NOT be able to add you into the competition. Forward it to:

I will pick a name at random on 30th August and 30th September. Each stage will gather all the people who have bought the book to that date, so those who didn’t win on one round will still get the chance on the next. I will then get in touch with the winner to ask them to choose their limited edition print.

The print will be shipped to you, wherever you live, for free.

Terms and conditions
By entering the competition, participants agree to the following:
Winner will be drawn randomly from all purchases, made either through Blurb or directly through me, at the closing time of midnight (London GMT) on 30th August 2010 and 30th September 2010 from all those whose details have been sent to One entry per book purchase – so it is possible to have more than one entry per person. Only those who have made payment for the book will be eligible in the competition. Each winner will be announced on this blog and contacted by email. Each winner will have choice from all the images featured in the ‘Abandoned’ book, only those which are available as prints. Each winner will take the next limited edition print available for that image. Prize is print only, sent in tube. No cash alternative is given. Shipping (UK or international) is free and will include insurance. If print is found to be defective or damaged, the winners must notify the artist within 14 days with photos of the issue in question.

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Posted in Books on August 9th, 2010 | 2 Comments |

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Comments for “New Blurb book ‘Abandoned’ – and special competition!”

    1. Lash LaRue
      5:00 pm on August 9th, 2010

      Great news!! And thanks for the thanks. … I will email you for a signed copy.

    2. jestem
      5:06 pm on August 9th, 2010

      This book is a fantastic progression in your publications. Good job, Nat.

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