Blurb Books CEO, Eileen Gittens, approached me about making this book earlier this year at the Palm Springs Photo Festival. She told me Blurb was working on the debut of a new electronic book format and thought my art and video work would be perfect to highlight its strengths. The thought of making a book had never really entered my head at that point; I figured I had no damn business making one.
Despite my hesitation, I found that I couldn’t stop thinking about what might set the book apart from a website. I imagined how I would want the book to look and feel, but even more I pondered what the experience of the reader might be. I realized Eileen was presenting a great opportunity (and a great challenge). It seemed like a waste to say no just because I didn't know what hell I was doing.
Before I knew it I was visiting the Blurb offices in San Francisco to discuss the features of the format with their very capable staff. At the end of the book making process I was so exhausted and frazzled that the hobgoblins in my head were telling me it was a disaster, but after a good night’s sleep I sat down and experienced what I had created. I played the audio on each page and looked at the images and before I knew it I became lost in the experience. The world around me disappeared, my anxieties faded and I forgot that I was looking at a book.
I am very happy to present this book to you now. It works on the iPad, iPhone and iTouch and includes a preview of my next fine art film as well as plenty of never before seen still images, behind the scenes images, electromagnetic audio recordings from space, and even a written account of the painting and shooting of the final scene in the film. It costs whatever you want it to cost. If you love it please check out the donation page in the back of the book, but please don’t be shy about passing it around to whomever you’d like.
It is my sincere hope that as you flip through the pages of this book you lose your sense of time and get just as lost in the experience as I did,
- Jeff Frost