On the eve of the tenth anniversary of my first trip to Newfoundland to start the photography on the book which was to become Arn? Narn, I find myself still deeply involved with it and Newfoundland. And that’s a really good thing.
After the publication, there was a whole bunch of interest in the book. Good reviews, even some great ones. TV and radio appearances. Guest blogging. Magazine and newspaper articles. Ah, my somewhat longer than 15 minutes of fame. And truth be told, I loved it. But as I expected, it calmed down after a couple of months. After all, it’s not like I won the Pulitzer or something.
But a funny thing happened on the way to 2014. Interest has picked up. Late last year, the Houston Center for Photography added it to their library displaying uncommonly good judgement.
A couple of weeks ago, the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon added it to their library. This could be an epidemic. Actually, it’s the results of continued marketing. Still, they see a place for the book upon their shelves.
Last week though, I was gob-smacked. Out of the blue (they stumbled across this blog!), I was contacted by an agency that wanted to use some of the work for their Home from the Sea John C. Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Center in Elliston, Newfoundland! I am so flattered by their request. Coming from Newfoundlanders, it is perhaps one of the greatest compliments I can receive for the book.
It will be in a section about Landsmen, those who hunted seals from shore or with small boats before the rise of sealing fleets. To learn more about it, visit the website, http://www.homefromthesea.ca .
I do not fall on either side of this issue, refusing to allow politics to enter. It is not for me to judge. I respect it for it was and what it is. So should we all. Preserving history is important. Denying history is foolish.