Musings on Photography


Posted in Solo Photo Book Month by Paul Butzi on April 28, 2008
My book is done.

See: 2008-150.pdf for the pdf version

Also, for those who like the Issuu presentation,

More on my thoughts when I get a chance.

I might make a few tweaks before the official deadline.

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  1. paul said, on April 28, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Bravo, Paul!!! What a wonderful testament to you and your dog’s relationship. You’ve given me an idea about doing one about me and my dog. Hey, I never shy away from ripping off a great idea!!!

  2. Anita Jesse said, on April 28, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Wow! Beautiful and so full of feeling. Your book produces, for me, a tangle of emotions—optimism about future walks and dogs in my future, wistful for every dog I have ever owned, and embarrassed for the valuable lessons that they patiently taught, but I carelessly forgot along the way. I will be returning to view your book more than once. Thanks for sharing this personal journey.

  3. Tony Miller said, on April 28, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I’d like to concur with the thoughts above – a wonderful book full of energy and emotion. I haven’t taken the time to read the text but the photographs are superb.
    Well done!

  4. Owin said, on April 28, 2008 at 11:48 am

    A good read and some nice images. Hope you produce some more.

  5. Gordon McGregor said, on April 28, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Congratulations Paul on a job well done. My initial thoughts were with Mark Twain and ‘a good walk, spoiled’ but think you have here a good walk, celebrated instead. I enjoyed hearing about the spark for SoFoBoMo that you’ve kindled into this and all the other books.

    The photography is great and ties in well with the text. I can see Kodak being goofy when you talk of his goofiness, I can see him smelling the air when the stories are blowing on the wind. Perhaps more than the images, I enjoyed the writing about what you learned along the way. In particular, how a dog sees the world as a place of wonder, which is what us photographers need to reconnect to, rather than seeing the world as a collection of pre-seen and dismissed labels.

    A good walk, indeed. Thanks for sharing the journey.

  6. Kevin Hickey said, on April 28, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Very nice, I’ve been following your blog for about a year, and was half interested in the book. Now I’m fully interested,count me in when it is available for purchase,it was fun watching you go through the process.

  7. Amy Sakurai said, on April 28, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    This is a marvelous book, Paul! Makes me want to have a Golden of my own. The photos capture the spirit of exploration and fun. You did a great job! I’ve already made two passes through the book and will make more — plus I’ll share the book with friends who have dogs.

    Your writing is as full of information and story as your photos. That’s cheating for a photo book project, right? (Just kidding!) The words and images reinforce one another beautifully.

  8. Anil said, on April 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm


    Thats a great book! Very well put together.
    Am bookmarking the Issuu page, I would have download a copy of your PDF to keep for viewing off-line but the copyright notice in your book stopped me.


  9. Ed Richards said, on April 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm


  10. Sara Laumann said, on April 28, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Nice work Paul. And you’ve started a movement.

  11. Rick said, on April 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I agree with all of the comments above, great book. Going for a walk with my dog will never be the same. Thanks!

  12. Teresa said, on April 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Wow! That is a fantastic book! I love the text and I love the photos and I love the idea of looking at the landscape through the eyes of a dog. Dogs don’t care, they just want to go go go.

    I’ve been following your blog since late last year and I’ve especially been following your progress on this book and the way you put an idea into something complete. Fantastic job!

  13. Peter De Smidt said, on April 28, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Paul, I enjoyed your book very much. My first dog, a Bernese mountain dog named Klaus, and I would often go out on photography walks. Since at that time I mainly used a view camera, getting my shots could take quite awhile. Klaus would start off doing some sniffing in the general area, and then he’d lay down and watch me. Eventually, he’d snap and would run in large circles in a “crazy” manner. Does Kodak ever get impatient with you when you’re out on a walk?

  14. My Camera World said, on April 29, 2008 at 7:04 am

    I fine photo book you have put together. I especially like the theme of the walk about with your dog (best friend?).

    I would also like to thank you for putting the whole SoFoBoMO together. I am one of the later starters and I have finally, I hope it doesn’t change again, selected my theme.

    There is a friends place out in the country that I have been visiting for the last 30 years and it seems appropriate that I document this wonderful place at least if you like it a bit rugged in the wilderness part.

    Niels Henriksen

  15. Olli Wendelin said, on April 29, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I have been following your progress with interest. But the final product is an amazing combination of photos, words, and ideas. When can I buy a hardcover version Paul? Now I have to go home and walk my standard poodles Luc and Lillie.

  16. Rosie Perera said, on April 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Way to go, Paul! Great job, and very inspiring. I like the cover layout you used and might end up swiping it. I echo everyone else’s thanks for leading us in this SoFoBoMo journey.

  17. Bahi said, on April 30, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I loved this. The images, layout and text came together beautifully.

  18. Alex Brikoff said, on May 6, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Paul, I apologize for being so late with this post but I just went and saw your completed book for the first time and I loved it. I thought it was extremely well done and it gives me a whole new understanding of your friendship with Kodak and why you live in the Carnation area. It is a beautiful area! Good job, Paul! Congratualations!

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