Focus: Passages & Focus: Love GIVEAWAY

October 25, 2010, 08:40 am  Posted by Lark

Have you ever been walking through town or on a morning hike when you came to a standstill, entranced by something that caught your eye? Perhaps it was something out of the ordinary, such as a child’s sidewalk chalk drawing, or perhaps it was something unexpected, such as a brightly-colored alley door you’d never noticed before. Did you then reach into your pocket or your pack and pull out your camera–professional, personal, polaroid, or phone–and capture that intriguing image? If so, you’ll appreciate our Focus series, which celebrates the art of the unexpected photo and the community of photographers who embrace and encourage our infatuation with the visual image.

Our first title, Focus: Love, explores the enigmatic and compelling nature of the heart: a wrought iron heart in a gate; a candle flame flickering in the shape of a heart; tree leaves, oyster shells, uncurling fiddlehead ferns, clouds, graffiti, even cobblestones all assume this familiar shape in oftentimes unfamiliar places.

Our second title, Focus: Passages, delves into the photographic community’s passion for the evocative power of doors, tunnels, and other passageways: bright city doors; moss-covered hideaways; underground tunnels; stained-glass cathedral entries; open or closed, each passage has a story to tell or questions to ask.

In celebration of the recent release of Focus: Passages, we’d like to share a very cool book trailer with you:

We’d also like to GIVE these books to one of you! We are giving away a copy of Focus: Passages and its fellow Focus title Focus: Love. To be entered for a chance to win these two books, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, November 1st. One winner will be selected at random on Thursday, November 4th. Click here for the official rules.

We asked the photographers in Focus: Passages to reflect on the nature of passageways and what the concept of a “door” means to them. Here are a few of their quotes:

“To me, a door symbolizes the liminal space between one place and another. A door equals transition, metamorphosis, progress, opportunity, and the unknown. Yet it also equals a sense of comfort and a sense of home.” –J.C. Fink

“The world is full of doors, both actual and imagined. A closed door is a mystery that urges us to solve it, while an open door is an invitation to a friendlier place. Is something hidden behind a closed door? Is that door a test? What if we opened it and walked into a secret world?” –Christian Cable

“A door is like the wrapping paper on a present. You never know what you’ll find—a room, a tunnel, a staircase—until you open it.” –Pirlouiiiit

“Doors hold the promise of a new experience.” –Pace Ebbesen

“Every door takes us to a different world. Every door is a silent witness of history. When I see a special door and capture its image, it makes me think of the people who have crossed its threshold.” –Leonardo Ramon Diaz

“A door is a connection between two worlds—my own familiar one and an unknown one. A door is a thin film that’s easily—and not so easily—penetrated, a boundary between two worlds that are possibly in conflict.” –Abel Pau Garcia

“As a photographer and wandering spirit, I view doors as symbols of possibility and hope.” –Stephanie Hatzakos

*Also! Keep your eyes peeled for the third and fourth titles in our Focus series due on shelves next spring: Focus: Found Faces and Focus: Letters.


33 Responses

    I’ve always loved photographs of doors – all the mysteries behind them intrigues me.

    Christine H. says:

    I would love to win a copy of either of these beautiful books!

    Coco says:

    I love the idea of these books! I’m also a photographer who thinks in “series”. Would love to win one of these!

    Merrie Jo says:

    Wonderful books…lots of inspiration.

    Irishknitter1955 says:

    Enjoyed the virtual trip. Certainly a different perspective, instead of just walking through the door, enjoy an artful walk appreciating the art in the every day.

    MarciaW. says:

    Finding things to inspire me for quilting and just enjoying what I see (vs being preoccupied with what need to do) is a perspective that I want to develop further. Please enter me into your drawing. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Colleen says:

    I loved the book trailer. Thanks for another wonderful giveaway.

    Chris says:

    I love photograpy – the books look wonderful! thanks!

    Melissa says:

    I’ve always found doors and passageways enticing. In my limited traveling, I have always come back with door or window images — my favorite images gathered to date were from Santa Fe/Taos and from Bali. The book trailer was great — can’t wait to hold the book in my hands.

    Christine says:

    Books are doorways unto themselves…books about doorways and portals are a prod to the imagination to go forth , deeper. I would love to win a copy of this beautiful book . My name means The Door! Christine Laporte

    Jo says:

    I have always loved door imagery and the heart photos make me smile. Both books look great.

    Sara says:

    What is life really about but doors – doors that open to opportunity, success, new directions and doors that close- on relationships, fulfilled seasons and stale routines. What a depthless subject, an adventure in thoughts and imaginations.

    Carmen says:

    If the books are as enjoyable as the video…you’ve got a hit!

    Linda Landig says:

    Your offer here is a doorway into the possibility of receiving these lovely books for free. Thank you.

    Linda Landig says:

    Your offer here is an open doorway inviting us into the possibility of receiving these lovely books for free. Thank you.

    Greg Bonin says:

    Lovely! Passages looks incredible.

    chinguri says:

    … YOU get the FOCUS *thumbsup*

    Anonymous says:

    One of my best friends has her photos featured in Focus: Passages. I can’t wait to see it, and it’d be even sweeter if I won it!

    Sarah says:

    WOW, I think you’ve just completely inspired in me a topic for my diploma course. An amazing subject, limitless and full of intrigue, the design prospects are huge. I’m so excited!! Thank you

    Tamie says:

    I’m especially intrigued by Passages. I’d love to win.

    ch says:

    love the colors, esp in the passages! Let me get a chance! And thanks for the giveaway

    TF says:

    These are fantastic! I certainly know I’ve been shocked by the images that I see where I least expect them: I can’t even imagine where some of these picture must come from!

    Sharlyn says:

    I just returned from Venice, Italy and I feel certain there are “passages” there that deserve mention in someone’s book. I love the idea. Please enter me!

    Cheryl B says:

    Had no idea your publication existed…so glad to learn of it! Also have a fascination with doors; why some are opened and others are closed? How might one go about submitting photos for your future publications?


    Arlene says:

    How inspiring…I am stunned by the beauty and would love to see every page. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks.

    Niki C says:

    What an amazing concept! I would love to win a copy!

    Cindycarawaybeadwork says:

    I can tell from the covers alone what a wealth of inspiration lies inside! Would love to add these to my book shelf and studio.

    Marsy says:

    I have many of my own photos of door from my travels. I’d love to have a broader collection to refer to – these look great!

    I love the idea of the accident of love in the photos. Perfect.

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