Behind the Orange Curtain Cover

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Here is the cover to my Orange County book. I’ve CASUALLY been working on this for YEARS, but don’t really have my heart in it. Orange County really doesn’t light my fire if you know what I mean, so I’m not dreaming about this project. The cover…I know and have.

Wrong font, size and placement but image is what I want. Do I know these people? No. Did I talk to them? No. Do I know what is going on? No. Was I incredibly fortunate the person standing is wearing an ORANGE shirt? Yes. And that is precisely why I like it. It’s just damn strange, like this place. Proof that it pays to carry a camera while on your bike. You just never know.

4 Responses to “Behind the Orange Curtain Cover”

  1. Harold says:

    In stark contrast to that Gursky image; this one also has horizontal layers of color without the need for computer manipulation and an interesting foreground. [ both out for a run/walk and one gave out ] Strange irony in the title and color; we have our own “Orange County” here, minus the ocean. The land of “buy your clothes at Eskimo Joe’s” and the “college” font is perfect.. but I digress. Haven’t been there in years but I’m sure if anyone can make OC interesting, you will find a way. :-)

    • Smogranch says:

      Harold,
      My images look drab now because I don’t manipulate nearly to the extent that most do. I was waiting at a doctor’s office a few days ago and opened several magazines only to find mind-blowing HDR, mind-blowing over sharpening, mind-blowing selective dodging and burning. I can’t believe photographers are doing this or allowing it do be done to their work, but anymore I shouldn’t be surprised. I just can’t do it. OC is…well, OC.

  2. Harold says:

    The effects of popularizing photography and the photoshop industry. Many are not aware of the foundation laid previously especially in the photo magazine era. Growing up with Life and Look had an unconscious effect on me that I am just now realizing. Makes me think about what is the content or point of the photo, not just another technical snap.

  3. lionelB says:

    The font is sickly and tacky but isn’t that the point ? “All made out of ticky-tacky and all look just the same.” [R.I.P. the great giant of Folk]

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