Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Projects II

In my post entitled "Projects", I talked about what can be done to garner an audience for your project utilizing my "Floral Forms" project as an example.  In that post I had discussed physical prints and in this post will discuss digital media opportunities. Website:

I plan on putting the project on my website.  Pretty straightforward!


Here is where it gets both interesting and challenging based on the various options and software.  I do plan to make an e-Book out of the project. But in what format? For various reasons, mostly involving software choices, I have decided to go with the PDF format.  But one could also construct an e-Book in the proper format to sell or distribute as an app for the i-Pad.  And if one wanted to, multimedia options can be added, like I did for my Carrie Furnace e-Book.

But here is the most intriguing aspect of the e-book project for me.  I am going to be collaborating with a writer that I have never met in 'real life'.  She is, among other things, a poet who I have corresponded with on-line after reading some of the truly wonderful poems she wrote to accompany her own photographs. After some discussion she has started writing poems specifically for the photos that I want to include in the e-Book.

I am invigorated by the project for a number of reasons. She is a wonderful poet and her words will add a new dimension to the photos and the book, the poems are going to be written specific to the individual images, and I think the idea of working with someone who you have met solely through social media is truly a sign of the times.   More on this to come.....

Carrie Furnace eBook Now Available

I am pleased to announce that my Carrie Furnace eBook is now available!

I have written several posts in the past related to my photography project at the Carrie Furnace.  In short, Carrie is a blast furnace in Rankin, Pennsylvania (close to Pittsburgh) that was used to generate iron back when Pittsburgh was at the center of the world's steel production.  It was closed in 1978 and has lay dormant since.  It is now being restored and developed into a national historic landmark by the non-profit Rivers Of Steel organization.  I had the opportunity to photograph there early in the restoration process.

I was able to interview and show the photographs from the project to Mr. Ron Gault, who worked at Carrie in the 1970s, and he told fascinating anecdotes about life at the facility.  These comments were recorded and are included with the photos as part of a multimedia eBook presentation.

The eBook is available for immediate download and contains:

  • 63 pages of content
  • High resolution images
  • Embedded audio content - click on the audio icons to hear Mr. Gault's commentary and anecdotes
  • Easy, rapid navigation
  • Formatted for display on desktops, tablets, and smartphones
  • Information about Carrie and Rivers Of Steel

The book can be securely downloaded for $7.99 with 25% of the purchase price being donated to Rivers Of Steel to assist in their mission to preserve the furnace.

Click HERE to go to the purchase page.