This month’s TBR list begins with a book I hope will guide me on the beginnings of the journey I described in New Year, New Goals to teach myself Photoshop. There are bucket loads of resources available out there from books to online tutorials to help with this but I’ve decided to start with Adobe Photoshop onDemand by Steve Johnson which covers basic to advanced Photoshop skills and can be used as preparation or the Adobe Certification exams.
I am currently reading Super Brain by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi which I am enjoying thoroughly and so I will definitely be reading their follow up by Super Genes. I have really enjoyed the mixture of science and self help advice in Super Brain so I expect Super Genes to be equally interesting.
This next book has been on my TBR list for a while but it was only when I heard a reference to the uniqueness of Colombian magical realism while watching the Netflix series Narcos that One Hundred Years of Solitude by G. G. Marquez popped back into my mind. I hope to get to this one this year.
A friend of mine gave me her copy of The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho. I’m a fan of Coelho’s and I haven’t read this novel yet so I was pretty thrilled. On GoodReads the blurb says: “How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?”. Mission accomplished, I am intrigued.
The last book on this month’s TBR chronicles is a photography book. It is Negatives by Xu Yong and is Yong’s collection of negatives taken in 1989. I sa y collection of negatives because they are printed in negative form and you have to use a phone app, held over the negative, to view the photograph which I thought was a very interesting concept. I found out about this book from the article The Best Photo Books of 2015 By Teju Cole from which I took this excerpt:
“Xu Yong had a camera with him on June 4, 1989, during the protests in Tiananmen Square. He took many photographs that day, but he did not print or publish them. But what makes the appearance of these images in book form remarkable is hinted at in the title, “Negatives”: Xu has presented the photos in the form of enlarged negatives. (The photos can be viewed as positives through the camera of a cellphone, with “invert colors” switched on in the phone’s settings.) The negatives have a ghostly tinge, and effectively introduce a distance into our viewing of the events of that still-resonant day. Though Xu himself is careful to disavow any political intent, the long wait to publish the book, as well as the fact of its being published in Hong Kong, makes clear the ongoing censorship faced by the Chinese pro-democracy movement.”
Cole talks about elements of the publication of this book pointing to censorship and I felt that the unique concept of printing this book in the form of negatives instead of processed images may also be part of this. I would love to see a copy of this book.
That’s it for this month. I hope you found some inspiration or if you have read any of these I would love to hear about them. Share your thoughts.