Oct 11th


Building SEVEN, A Fine Art Book.

SEVEN, the proposed cover. Embossed on linen.

SEVEN, the proposed front plate.

On October 02, I walked into Hemlock Printers, the folks who print Lenswork so beautifully, and after several months of wrestling with ideas, started the ball rolling on what, for now, I am calling SEVEN. SEVEN is a fine art book, self published as the first hard copy book from Craft & Vision Press, to be released somewhere in the middle of 2013, though I’ll pre-sell it sooner than that for those eager to get one of the only one thousand copies. I’ve had a number of people catch wind of this and ask me to journal the process, which I intend to do, all the way through the printing and the binding.

I’m excited about SEVEN, not only as an artist, but as a learner. I’ll be doing all the layout myself. In fact, there won’t be an aspect of this I’m not touching in some way. Like any creative endeavour, I’m a little nervous. I’ve never done this before. It’s expensive. The world of CMYK scares (the crap out of) me. What if no one buys it? What if it just doesn’t become the thing I have in my mind? Valid fears, but they’re merely the shadow-side of some exciting things. I’ll learn a ton. I’ll have created something of beauty. It won’t be what I imagine, there will be surprises along the way, and it’ll be better then than what’s in my imagination now. And if worst comes to worse, I’ll have boxes of Christmas and birthday gifts for loved ones for years to come. God help them.

The first step, after deciding I wanted to do this, and that the time was right (in other words, I saved the money and didn’t have to put this on credit. I’m all for risk, but I’m not stupid,) and that I did not want to go the “print on demand” route which is unpredictable in terms of quality (and expensive in large quantities), I started looking for a printer. Discovering that Lenswork (which I adore for its quality) is printed by Hemlock Printers here in Vancouver, I paid them a visit, and spent a couple hours looking at samples of their work, and samples of paper and cover materials. Then I made some decisions. I wanted 160 pages. I wanted something big, so it’s going to be 12″x12″. I wanted paper that’s as beautiful to touch as it is to look at. I wanted a hard cover, and chose an Italian linen in a warm charcoal. What I want is not simply a book to contain beautiful images, but a book that is itself beautiful. And then I waited for the quote, which came a week later, coinciding perfectly with the purchase of a bottle of beautiful scotch whisky, which I very much needed after getting the quote. With tax and boxes to ship the book when it is done, the final quote is close to $60,000

A couple months went by as I thought about things (there might have been more whisky), ran some numbers, did some mock-ups, and tried to get my head around how to make this work both as part of my art, and as a sound business decision. My goal not being to make a ton of money, I won’t, but simply to be sure I break even and come out of it, as I said, with something of beauty. When I walked into Hemlock earlier this month they asked for a deposit of 30%, then they opened a dock for my project and began introductions to the people I will be working with. The next step is for me to supply them with a sample of images, in CMYK, and to their specs, which they will then look at, and on which they will give me feedback about my files. At the same time they will be giving me an InDesign template to  begin playing with layouts. I’ll be giving them a cover design, likely similar to the one you see above in grey, and they’ll assemble a blank book that’s a perfect copy of what my book will eventually be, minus, of course, the photographs – same binding, same linen, same paper stock – so I can feel it in my hands and get a feel for it before we start going down a road that’s really expensive to back-down from.

So that’s where it’s at right now. A notion in the creative side of my mind that I can’t shake, and the very beginnings of making it become real. I’m excited to share this with you, both as a final book, and as a creative process. I hope there’s plenty in these coming months from which we can all learn. I’ll post when I make progress or take another step, or have something to share. Feel free to ask questions about the process. I’ll do what I can to answer them.In the meantime I’m choosing photographs for the book, and part of that includes printing the work. I’ve been printing some images from the arctic trip, as well as my weekend in Tofino, BC last weekend (first two images above) and I thought I’d do a spontaneous giveaway of some of the artist proofs. So leave a comment on this post, and if you’re feeling really lucky, share this post with your circle of friends using the social media buttons below, and in a week I’ll draw a random name and send that person the 8 photographs above on 8.5×11 Epson Exhibition Fibre, signed as A/P’s, and presented in a black folio to one lucky person as a thanks for being part of this community. (UPDATE: The winner, chosen on October 16, was Craig Ferguson. Feel free to keep leaving comments, but the giveaway is now closed. Thanks for playing)

Comments (238)
  1. October 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I’ve been patiently awaiting this book David, I’m sure you will assemble a timeless collection!

  2. October 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to this book. Possibly not as much as you are, but close.

    I’m excited to follow the process.

  3. October 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Call Margulis re the CMYK conversion. ;-)

    This is going to be beautiful and, I daresay, overdue! Looking forward to the journey, and in particular how you selected the images.

  4. October 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    This is definitely a book I will be adding to my collection, and I’m sure will pick up often to look at. I have been following your stories from your travels and your work for about a year now, and am continuously amazed by your dedication to what you love. It truly comes across in your work. Thank you for sharing your struggles and laughs and most of all the amazing images.

  5. October 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I have loved your books so far and look forward to seeing this one. The work is truly beautiful.

  6. October 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing your experience. I am in the early stages of electronic publishing and it’s wonderful to hear about your experiences in publishing physical books.

  7. October 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Eagerly waiting for the pre-order to being. I don’t want to miss having this in my possession.

  8. October 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Love the idea, but love the honesty even more!

  9. October 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing some of your thought process on this, David. I wish you well on the work ahead.

  10. Alvin

    October 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Excited to see this happen!

  11. Erin Wilson

    October 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Your eye for design is killer, so I have no doubt you’ll make something beautiful.

    I just hope you get the chance to enjoy every single part of the process.

    Peace :)

  12. Robert Wardell

    October 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the final book. Best of luck with the process.

  13. October 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    What an exciting project! Looking forward to get my own copy of the book!

  14. Chris Stern

    October 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing the process and look forward to articles in the future. I am also looking forward to when you release the final product. It would make a great addition to our home.

  15. Mike Holtz

    October 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  16. October 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    CMYK sounds scarier than it actually is. As long as you haven’t done any radical post processing, you’ll be fine. :)

  17. Ken \hopkins

    October 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Can’t wait to see the book and read the blogs about making it. I am a big fan of your work and you inspire me to improve my craft to its fullest.

  18. Peggy Foster

    October 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I can only imagine how nerve wracking this whole process must be. Never in a million years would I have guessed it costs so much to put together a book like that. I don’t really think you’ll need because I know it’ll be a big hit — but good luck anyway!! Can’t wait to see the final version in print.

  19. October 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    can’t wait to see this. When will pre-orders start getting taken?

    and as others said, thanks for taking the tough road and doing so much of this where we can watch and learn…

    • David

      October 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Thanks, Chuq. I suspect we’ll do pre-orders around the time the book is ready to head to the printers – perhaps April/May?

  20. October 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Good on ya, for taking on a new challenge. I worked for Harbour Publishing (on the Sunshine Coast) for a number of years and publishing the photo books was the most fun but also the most work in terms of getting the best quality of files. Ands if I remember correctly Hemlock is a great company to work with!

  21. Kris Ryan

    October 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    So excited to continue to learn with you! Can’t wait!

  22. joe L.

    October 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Pls do share on the printing process, geeky & artsy.

    For one, is it possible to work in CMYK space in LR, when you have the output media in mind?

    • David

      October 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Joe, you really can’t work in CMYK. You work in RGB. Lightroom has soft-proofing, but not for CMYK. I’ve been dealing with this stuff for a couple days now and will include it in the next post about the process. Not as tough as I thought it would be.

  23. Alan Olson

    October 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Looking forward to reading more about the process of putting a fine art book together.

  24. Lisa Bebe

    October 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Congratulions on your courage undertaking this project and thank you for sharing the process with us.
    I look forward to ordering a copy of the finished book.

  25. David G

    October 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    So cool that you’re taking us along with you on this journey. Thank you for that. And thanks for all that you do for us.

  26. Clive C.

    October 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I admire you for putting yourself out there. After reading the post, I can see it is a labour of love. All the best on this project. The result will be spectacular and I look forward to reading about it along the way.

  27. October 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    This is fantastic David, really interested to hear more about this process and how it all pans out. I am just starting with self-publishing a calendar, sent out the pdfs to the printer this morning, its a small run on a digital press, all the cmyk conversions freak me out too, just glad i get a hardcopy proof to check over before they print em all.

  28. October 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I know this new book will be worth the wait… thanks for using your last seven years to inspire and encourage and enlighten!

  29. Joann

    October 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I just started the book process myself. At least I have someone to look after and make sure I’m doing it right. I’m looking forward to your book. I think I have all of yours in print and digital. :-) congrats

  30. cal

    October 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    this looks like a project worth more than one fine bottle… I’ll join the others and say well done! Thanks!

  31. October 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Those prints would like REALLY nice in my office!

    Is it too early to pre order the book? Seriously though, I hope there will be an option to order a signed copy.

    • David

      October 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Thanks, Paul. I think pre-orders will begin April/May-ish once the book is ready to head to print. We’ll avoid unpleasant surprises that way. :-) As for signing them? You’ll have to pay extra for me NOT to sign them.

  32. Dave Hill

    October 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Super-excited to watch your project progress! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Lisa Tanager

    October 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I own and love all the books you’ve published to date, David, so you can bet I’ll be buying this one, too. Thank you for your beautiful photography and inspiring teaching.

  34. October 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Beautiful and breathtaking work! So excited for your new book!

  35. LAJ

    October 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Wow, what an undertaking! I’d be honored to own those prints. I’m just sayin’…..

  36. Dan Lyderson-Jackson

    October 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Very cool that you are sharing the process. I’m sure it will be a great success.

  37. Jim

    October 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Looking forward to another book.

  38. Blake

    October 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Good luck, and I can wait to see the end result.

  39. October 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    As expected, a great project by a skilled and sensitive artist. I am looking forward to when I can possess this fine piece of art.

  40. Iquemon

    October 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Gorgeous photographs and I loved reading how the book was made.

  41. Dave Ashworth

    October 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    What an undertaking! I hope you’re overwhelmed with the response to the book–I know I can’t wait to get my hands on one. Thanks for letting us in on the process!

  42. Yves

    October 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Looking forward to see the final product. Thanks for sharing the process.

  43. October 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    As an student of both photography and graphic design, in envious of the project. I’d kill to be in your shoes on this one! Can’t wait to see the finished product, and hoping for some new wall hanging material!

  44. Augustine

    October 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Congratulations on making the jump. I look forward to reading about the journey almost as much as seeing the book finished. Courage and belief are two very powerful forces.

  45. October 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    While I cannot wait to see this book in print, I am really looking forward to learning about your process in terms of building it.

    Can’t wait to follow along. Its amazing the power of this community and how much you give us.

  46. Emma Ward

    October 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Looking forward to following you during this journey, as well as hopefully getting my hands on a copy of this when published! I can add it to the ever growing collection of your other books & e-books! Inspiration abounds & I can’t wait to see what else your muse has in store for you!

  47. Gordon

    October 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Glad to learn that you’re seizing the opportunity to do a book on your terms..

  48. Shari Miller

    October 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Let’s see. David duChemin. Fine art photography. Images from seven continents. AND the paper feels good. Yep. It’ll work.

  49. Carol

    October 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I have drooled over your ‘how to’ books and loved your beautiful pictures and the thoughts that go into each one….Can’t wait to see this gorgeous book take shape…

  50. Thomas

    October 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    The cover looks really classy, much like a nice whiskey. I think it will prove to be quite a successful book judging from the comments and the learning process will make it that much better for those that manage to get one.

  51. October 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Sounds like a challenging yet worth it process David :) Can’t wait to see the end result!

  52. October 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Love your photos & books. Would definately pre-order. =)

  53. Michael Mixon

    October 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    This will be a fantastic book, one I intend to buy. Your photos have always been inspirational to me, so having your favorites in a beautifully bound collection is something I look forward to.

  54. October 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hi David, forgot to ask above but did you choose to print digital or offset?

    • David

      October 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

      It’s all offset, Ben, which is why the need for CMYK conversion exists. A little daunting at first, but so far so good! :-)

  55. Eric Potter

    October 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I will enjoy following you along on the journey to create your book, and eagerly await it’s completion.

  56. Alan Wicks

    October 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I hope that I am in front of my computer when you announce the pre-order. Otherwise they will all be pre-sold before I get a chance to get one.

  57. Sandy Silva

    October 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    David…..I am speechless…..sitting here for awhile thinking of what I want to share with you…and I truly am speechless….I so admire your wisdom and positive energy and always so open with us and share it all…. I came away from Vancouver a forever changed person and photogrpaher.
    This is a journey you have been on for many years, your life paused long enough for you to visualize it and how you wanted to share it with us, down to the smallest detail. I see you in these images, clearly I do. I have read and own every one of your books, ebooks, and had the honor of being present for your first “Gathering”. If anyone were to ask me if I had one wish what would it be…..? To spend time again with David DuChemin on one of his journey’s!!!!! I will be one of the first to preorder your book, it will be one of my dearest treasures. I can see myself right now getting lost in your images, feeling the pages with my hands, experiencing your gift to us….
    Forever grateful my friend….hope to see you again one day …..Sandy

  58. Tomas Olsson

    October 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Great news David! Having grown up with a dad who worked for one of the major high quality printers in Sweden I’ve seen and felt the process you’re going through many times and I know the feeling. There’s just something special and extremely gratifying in seeing your own work in physical print!

    Good luck, and save a copy for me!

  59. October 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Very excited to see the final product and read about the process along the way. Exciting stuff!!

  60. October 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    The numbers sound very scary but your art will shine through. Good luck and thanks so much for sharing the adventure with us.

  61. Alan Bailward

    October 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    David you know I adore you and struggle with similar things as you do and can’t wait to see this book. Also I would eat a live moose to be the lucky draw. Seriously. A moose. What’s more Canadian than that?!

    • David

      October 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Nothing, Alan, nothing. Will you be providing the live moose, or is this something I need to come up with?

  62. Brian Irwin

    October 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the final product and reading about the process along the way. Very exciting stuff!!!!

  63. October 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Looks and sounds brilliant David. Go hard mate and you’ll hit it for a six :-)

  64. October 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    man, I am SO EXCITED for you. and i love that you are getting so involved in the production of this. i did some poetry books the self-published route a couple of years ago and was dissatisified with the results, so next time i try something i am likely to do it all myself, though it isnt likely to be as fancy as yours.

    looking forward to travelling through this process with you and drinking some whisky together in february

  65. October 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    David, this is a super big deal for you, given your appreciation of, and hopes for, a lasting legacy as an artist. I am proud of you for drawing up the courage and the faith to just take that first step. Well played, Sir!

    Please do me a favor and wait until February to announce the pre-order? I’ll have no available funds for this can’t-miss book until then, and as someone above mentioned, these’ll likely sell out within moments. Cheers!

  66. Sebastian

    October 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Very much looking forward to order a (signed) copy!

  67. October 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to seeing the process through to the final book.

  68. Zachery

    October 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I’m sure it will turn out great.

  69. PC Nilssen

    October 12, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I’m looking forward to learn more about this book!

  70. October 12, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Big deal David, I am curious to follow the proceedings and to admire the final result!
    good luck for this great project

  71. October 12, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Really looking forward to the publication and to reading more of your progress reports.. Hope your plans go smoothly.

  72. Roman

    October 12, 2012 at 1:48 am


    Thanks for the great post about the birth of your book. Your words show your feelings about this project and make it easy for me to sympathize (in a virtual way) the look and feel of the whole process.
    All the best for you and your whole project!

    Waiting for the final wonderful result,

  73. October 12, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Wow, sign me up! Will there be any humanitarian people images?

    • David

      October 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Bob – I am aim to create something representative of my work over the last seven years, so while much of my current work includes landscapes, I’m still a portrait photographer in my heart. There will be images from my work around the world, including people. :-)

  74. James Cockroft

    October 12, 2012 at 3:46 am

    I’m very excited to follow your project, David, and more so to see the result. Thank you for sharing your travels and ideas and this project with us.

  75. Phillip Merritt

    October 12, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Looking forward to seeing and holding your pictures. Very excited about your book and am looking forward to it eagerly.

  76. Dan Goossens

    October 12, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Welcome to the land of CMYK, David. Looking forward to this coffee table book.

  77. H

    October 12, 2012 at 4:45 am

    This will be the fanciest dust collector I will ever (possibly) own. It will make my Star Trek Encyclopedia set look so much sadder. ;-)

  78. October 12, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Outstanding idea. Wonderful images.

  79. Dave Benson

    October 12, 2012 at 5:16 am

    in answer to the iconic Clint Eastwood question… “yeah I’m feeling lucky today”…

  80. October 12, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Are you sure 1000 will be enough? I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

  81. Jamie Sobczyk

    October 12, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Fantastic! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  82. October 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Can’t wait and thanks for sharing the process. I’m looking at maybe finally doing my first fine-art book as well, so will be eagerly watching/reading the progress on this project.

  83. October 12, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Looks like an amazing process to go through – with a great reward at the end of it. Best of luck with it all, and I’m feeling not unlucky today, so you never know on the prints – would love to have one.

  84. October 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I am sooo getting one of the first copies… ;>

  85. Iris Hicks

    October 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

    There is a Jewish saying, if you want to leave a legacy, have a child, plant a tree, or write a book. Your book definitely fits into the legacy category. It will be beautiful.

  86. October 12, 2012 at 8:40 am

    You share the details and stories behind creating the book and I’ll be the first to pre-order it. Deal?

    I truly would love to hold a beautiful book knowing the details required to create the presentation. Partly to appreciate the book even more due to your commitment and effort (it’s not just another book from the bookstore) but also because it’s a product I’d love to create of my own work someday. I’ve been consistently disappointed when I compare on-demand printing to my collection of fine art books.

    But lets be honest … I’ll buy it anyway.

    and I’ll gladly accept your 8 print folio as well ;-)

  87. October 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Looking forward to seeing the final product. But, as with any design endeavor, I’m also very excited about the process. Keep these posts coming.

  88. Jason Groepper

    October 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Congratulations, what an amazing journey this will be.

  89. October 12, 2012 at 8:47 am

    All the very best of luck on the new book David . . . I, for one, will be looking out for it’s release date!!

  90. Celeste

    October 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Always exciting and intriguing to get a glimpse of the creative process. Also always interesting to see how it works from a business perspective – to me, that is always the more difficult part.

  91. October 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Congratulations – I can’t wait to hear more about the process.

  92. October 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I had a friend travel for photography assignments to beautiful places like Alaska, etc. Truly jealous of those of you who have succeeded in life being saturated in beauty. I’ve worked on some of the coolest FX movies made, but I’d trade it all to do this instead; the difference between a career and a passion… enjoy the ride.

  93. Carl Stammerjohn

    October 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I’d be honored to receive these prints, and I’m planning to buy the book.

  94. Katherine Crosbie

    October 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Looking forward to hearing more about the process and seeing the final result. Cost isn’t as high as I thought it would have been. Also hoping to win one of your prints.

    Thanks for sharing.

  95. Natalie

    October 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Can’t wait to see the beautiful art that will be this book!

  96. October 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I think you may be under-estimating your reach within the photographic community David, 1000 units may be selling yourself short. Very happy to see your choice of printers, as I’ve come to really appreciate the quality from the Lenswork publications. I’ll be queuing up for the pre-sale as well.
    Cheers, Craig

  97. October 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I think this is going to be a really fun process. It’s been inspiring to follow your exploits. They get me through some rather uninspiring moments at work.

    Best of luck on this venture into the unknown.

  98. A Canuck

    October 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Wouldn’t I love to win these beautiful prints. I’d be proud to display these lovely images of my country. Best wishes with your new venture, David. I wish you much success.

  99. WadeJ

    October 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Best of luck with the book David. I love you photos, but am just as impressed with your outlook on business/life. You are a man to emulate.

  100. October 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Not only do you have the vision, you have the words and generosity to share your passion at every step. You make it all sound so exciting, from the concept, through the whisky to the anticipated end point. Thank you.

  101. October 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Outstanding gorgeous imagery David! I will be watching for the pre order option because your landscape work inspires me to explore colour. I am mainly a BW visionery ;)

    Many thanks for your inspirational words and imagery

    Cheers Peter

  102. cindy smith

    October 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Very excited to see the final result. I have learned so much from your e books and other hard copy books. I enjoy your blog and appreciate your struggles and triumphs.

  103. October 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Couldn’t be happier for you. What a tremendous and, in the end, incredibly gratifying undertaking. Best of luck with the process and count me in for a sale when it’s finally completed.

  104. Chris

    October 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Sweetness, thanks for sharing, looking forward to hearing about your journey.

  105. Jeanne Maxon

    October 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Can’t wait for the book!

  106. Richard Baumgartner

    October 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Great deal, David!

    a good friend of mine, one of the most skilled b&w photographers here in germany wrestled with some similar book-projects in the past and spent most of his money for them… but if the books where finished, all the pain was forgotten…

    best regards

  107. Eric Walradth

    October 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    This is a wonderful project and I wish you the best of luck with all future aspects in this and all of your adventures!

  108. Ben V

    October 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Sounds like an exciting project. I’ve done one Blurb book, and have 2 others planned (all personal projects – not for sale) and it is a lot of fun (and a lot of work). You’ve already got a ton of experience in publishing so you know what you’re doing, but I would recommend it as a pet project for anyone. It’s a great way to see your work and holding in your hands is not the same as having it on your hard drive.

  109. Katrina Lee

    October 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse into the process. Looking forward to the end result. All the best in the journey.

  110. October 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Wow! Big project, and ambitious, but as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained…. I’m betting it all works out great!

    Love the chance to win some images and looking forward to the book.

  111. Bard Reian

    October 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    If you sell out the one thousand copies before I get my hands on one will you make 1001?

  112. Stefan

    October 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Hi David,

    Thanks for taking us in your think, act and stress process where I think it is that we all know you, we really can feel your emotions.

    Succes with this real challenge and please keep us informed!,

    Cheers Stefan

  113. Kellee

    October 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I love the front plate picture , ( I think it would make a beautiful cover.) the images are stunning, looking forward to seeing more about how the book is comes together.

  114. craig

    October 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Hey David,

    The cover looks fantastic! Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George wanted to name his first child Seven…Seriously though, fantastic project. Very informative post as well.


  115. Heath

    October 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I am sure you could sell as many of these as you want.
    How are we going to wait until the middle of next year?
    Thanks as always for sharing.

  116. October 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    What a worthwhile effort this would appear to be. I look forward to following your journey through the experience. The chance to inspire others to see the world they may never get to visit has great value. It almost makes all of the slugging around through the mud and muck it undoubtedly took to get some of these images seem inconsequential. Not that driving through the mud isn’t fun or anything. I wish you success.

  117. Michael

    October 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Wow! I’ll take one. Can I pre-order as Xmas gifts :-)

  118. Roberta Harper

    October 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Earth . . . when you are in clangy, bangy, noisy places, places where many people collect, there is an energy from all that humanity. However, when you enter these photos, there is a silent, peaceful, rejuvenating view of nature . . . a different, more powerful energy. Sometimes we need both.
    A very impressive endeavour David and thanks for bringing these wonderful visual worlds out for others to see!

  119. Debbie

    October 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I know of several professional photographers who have self-published fine art books, and have had the printing done in Singapore or China (due to cost, I assume). Did you look into that at all?

    • David

      October 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I decided early on in this process that I wanted it to be as hands on as possible, so I looked locally. And it never hurts to support the local economy. China’s not exactly hurting right now. :-)

  120. RickyB

    October 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Wow, David this is wonderful! Just looking at the samples of the cover and the jacket, you can see the amount of detail that went into creating this book. Keep up the great work!

  121. Suzanne

    October 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    The photos posted here are beautiful, I’m hoping the pre-order will become available when I have room in the budget to order it, I’m sure it will be wonderful.

  122. Arwyn

    October 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Hi David,

    The book looks great. Can’t wait to buy a copy when you release it. And thanks for sharing the process and journey of it’s development. Best, arwyn

  123. October 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Looks like a great book and one that I will have to add to my collection.

  124. October 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Awesome idea!! I think you could get 1000 of us to put down a deposit right now. Can’t wait to read about the journey…

  125. Craig

    October 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    As usual, thanks for sharing your journey. Look forward to seeing this process unfold. Bold step!

  126. Basim

    October 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you for consistently inspiring and challenging us.

  127. October 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    What an exciting process you’re going through! And thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. Looking forward to seeing the end result!

  128. Carlos Celis

    October 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    The possibility of winning was not what triggered my intention of asking a question.

    First of all, congratulations!

    With that quote, that probably means your book might sell around the 100-ish bucks. As a personal project, I will start saving the money to get my copy. The question is:
    If I buy it and pay, of course, for the shipment to Colombia, would you, as an artist I admire, sign the book? :).

    Carlos Celis.

  129. Elizabeth

    October 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing the publishing process with us! It looks like it’s going to be an amazing book already!

  130. October 13, 2012 at 12:15 am

    It must feel great to finally have your life’s work in one massive, clean, quality book.

  131. chris dematté

    October 13, 2012 at 1:13 am

    great project.

    but are you aware of this – google is blocking your website:
    *What happened when Google visited this site?
    Of the 21 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 2 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2012-10-11, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2012-10-11.
    Malicious software is hosted on 2 domain(s), including davidduchemin.com/, dytkfliunn.gr8name.biz/.

    1 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including davidduchemin.com/.

    This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS33494 (IHNET).

    • David

      October 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Chris. We’ve been hacked a couple times and are on top of the situation. It’s frustrating but it’ll get sorted out.

  132. Ray Chong

    October 13, 2012 at 1:40 am

    What an excellent adventure! Best wishes – can’t wait to see the result!

  133. Deedee

    October 13, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experiences.

  134. Micke

    October 13, 2012 at 2:51 am

    This is really exciting, thank you for sharing the process with us!

  135. October 13, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Deseando ver el libro acabado. Buena suerte David.

  136. October 13, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Great opportunity for a piece of art to adorn my coffee table! I’ll be watching for the pre-order.

  137. Linda Egan

    October 13, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Love your work, David! I am looking forward to sharing your publishing journey, and hope to one day own a copy of the final work.

  138. Pierre B

    October 13, 2012 at 3:36 am

    great photos, great book, great work of art…
    looking forward to it!

  139. October 13, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Hi David,

    Really love all your works and especially your insights and words inspire me to be better. Would look forward to your journey in publishing this work and hopefully be able to afford enjoying it in hand next year! All the best David!

  140. October 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Looks amazing David. Congrats – keep at it!

  141. Jim S

    October 13, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I look forward to this artistic endeavor and I hope I am able to obtain a copy when it’s released for pre-sale. Congrats on the undertaking of a new chapter in your journey.

  142. Rosemary Williams

    October 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Congratulations on your new endeavor! I feel confident that your book will be a great success and I will enjoy reading about your progress. Your ebooks and writings are a great inspiration to me and I read and re-read the curled and underlined pages of my ebooks often.

  143. luc

    October 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Are you planning to tell US your experience to prepare your photo to CMYK?

  144. Noel

    October 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Looking forward to this book. Hope I can afford it :)

  145. Ken

    October 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    This sounds cool. I’m really interested in following along with the process.

  146. October 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    What a fun and exciting project. Looking forward to the finished product, and hearing about the journey along the way.

  147. Sandra Mendenhall

    October 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    What a beautiful idea and what a courageous step to take! Thanks so much for sharing the process…I’ve often wondered what is involved in printing one’s own books, and look forward to following you on your journey as you create something else of beauty.


  148. October 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for allowing us to see how this book project will be done. The images look great and I can’t wait to see how this project turns out.

  149. October 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    David – so excited about your new book. I LOVE the cover. There is something amazing when the first book arrives, hot off the press, especially when you design it yourself. I know this journey from my own books when I began by publishing my own. I love being a publisher. I love the whole process of it. I can’t wait to see the final product – it will be worth every step of the journey. Enjoy. Blessings to you.

  150. Alan Nussbaum

    October 13, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I’m really looking forward to seeing your book.

  151. lee Cleland

    October 14, 2012 at 1:27 am

    David, thanks for having the vision; the ability to dream; and the guts/tenacity to follow through – put me on the book waitlist, I don’t want to miss out.

    Your above images resonate to me with the same feelings as an old Gaelic Blessing –
    “Deep Peace
    of the running wave to you
    Deep Peace
    of the flowing air to you
    Deep Peace
    of the quiet earth to you
    Deep Peace
    of the shining stars to you
    Deep Peace
    of the gentle night to you
    Moon and stars
    pour their healing light on you
    Deep Peace to you –

  152. Kathy Winter

    October 14, 2012 at 4:19 am

    The images are amazing. And your journey, that you are so gracious to share with us, is inspiring. Looking forward to seeing and reading more.

  153. October 14, 2012 at 5:11 am

    David, first the images are beautiful. They way you have captured your vision of these places really bridges the gap between fine art photography and capturing the feel of a moment. It has also been quite an adventure reading along with you as you have traveled this journey capturing these images.

    Having read along as you have captured these images really does give a lot of depth to them, looking at an image and recalling some of the things you were experiencing. It is a beautiful thing to see it all come together.

    So excited about this project.

  154. October 14, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Looking forward to tracking this project with you! Would love particularly to hear more about the funding aspect. That’s a lot of $$!

  155. October 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

    David ~ so glad to hear that you will be documenting this journey. I’m sure your book will become a classic. Stunning images!

  156. October 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Such beautiful images. I should be so lucky as to win them. What a generous offer to share what you love with those like me who love to look at them.

  157. October 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I’m really looking forward to the book!

  158. Vanessa

    October 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Hi David,

    This looks amazing! Both the book and the artist proofs – will have to start saving! All the best for the next few months as you sort it all out – enjoy that scotch!

  159. Bard Reian

    October 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I got hooked by your images “Within the frame” so if I can put in a pre pre-order right now I will. I have already made space for Seven on my book shelf.

  160. Jimy Tapia Lazo

    October 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    when are you comming to Perú????

  161. Joan Anderson

    October 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I look forward to the release of SEVEN. What a journey you are on! No doubt that it will be a great success.

  162. October 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Great stuff! It’s good to get your work out in a analog world. A complete different experience!

    Good luck with the editing of the collection!

  163. October 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I’m in! (if its not too late!) Good luck with all the trails and tribulations of the printing process!

  164. October 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, sounds like an amazing project, and looks like an amazing book. I can’t wait to here more info about it and read about the process (and hopefully win those APs :))

  165. October 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I can wait to see your artistry together in one book.
    Thanks for showing us how it’s done.

  166. Sebastien

    October 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    David, my best wishes for this project !
    Looking forward to read about the progress on your blog, and for pre-orders to open.

  167. Gary Benfield

    October 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Great shots! Can’t wait to see them printed and all together in the book!

  168. Neil Carruthers

    October 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    What an exciting time for you! Looking forward to seeing what the process is and how it goes for you, good luck.

    Some how I think your relatives are going to dip out on the Christmas presents!!

  169. Jason Barden

    October 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing all the work that goes into a project such as this. I’m really looking forward to your future posts detailing the process and to seeing the final product!

  170. Chris James

    October 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm


    I’m a huge longtime fan, and hope to someday imbue my images with the pure emotion that strikes me so quickly when I look at yours. Thank you for sharing not only your technique, but your thought process and perspective–because those are the things that make for powerful art (as I’m trying to learn).

    I’m stoked to hear about the process of making your book, so thanks for sharing your ups, downs, and new insights as well. If you’d ever like to visit us at Google to give a talk, let me know. I could quite possibly make the arrangements. :)

  171. Bill Kearney

    October 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Looking forward to the book David, I know I’ll be buying one!

  172. Caroline Lajoie

    October 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I have so enjoyed your work so far, David. The books, the website, the Facebook page…everything. You’ve given me real inspiration to really focus on what I want to accomplish and ways on how to do it. I very much appreciated that you are ‘there’. You’re involved with all the people who love and admire your work and that is a rare thing. Thank you. I’ll be following your progress also…and cheering you on.

  173. October 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Looking forward to this new project. Live how you get us all involved in your adventures. The best of luck!!

  174. Joel deWaard

    October 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    So excited to being able to see and hold the finished book, especially a book done by the exceptional printers of Lenswork.

  175. October 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Looking forward to reading about this process and maybe winning some prints too!!!

  176. Jason Gilbert

    October 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Can’t wait to see the book David; your work is always so inspiring!

  177. Bartek Narożny

    October 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm


    That cover design is really great. I like that you rotated the South America 180ddeg, so the last ‘a’ complements the shape of the 7 and the word starts in a balnced way at the top. Not sure many readers will notice that. Anyway the whole layout looks beautifully elegant.
    If I can afford the book I’ll surely buy it.

  178. Melissa Reed

    October 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Can’t wait to see the final product! I’m sure it will be stunning…

  179. October 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    As a hobbyist, I truly enjoy your work. Your work inspires me to become a better photographer. I look forward to your journey in publishing.

  180. October 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    David, good luck with your latest adventure, I am really looking forward to the book, as it will be on my bookshelf, right along with all the rest of your books.
    These prints would be fitting to display right next to the bookshelf. I would be truly thrilled to be chosen as the winner of your work.

    Keep up the fantastic work.

  181. Eric Turner

    October 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm


    Thanks for sharing the process. Much appreciated.

    Eric Turner

  182. Chris MacDonald

    October 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    What a great way to show your work. Quite the task you have given yourself.

  183. Donna Dobbin

    October 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I am looking forward to the book! I am also looking forward to The print and the process in December.

  184. Su Li

    October 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I just saw my first printed photo and got really excited (i.e. printed larger than standard 6×4). :) So can imagine how even more exciting SEVEN will be!

  185. October 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Love your work David. It would be awesome to have one on my office wall.

  186. October 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I am so excited for this book!

  187. Kirk

    October 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Looking forward to the release. I’m sure it will be great just like the rest of your work.

  188. October 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I’m looking forward to following the book-making adventure — and to seeing the final product. Have lots of fun along the way!

  189. Brian Powell

    October 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Always look forward to your work, David.

  190. Robert

    October 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the peek into the book process; looking forward to ordering a copy and seeing the finished work.

  191. Patrick

    October 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I don’t know what I’m looking forward to the most: seeing the finished product, or reading about your journey in this. Thank you for art, David.

  192. October 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Looking forward to seeing it in my hands. Here’s to gutsy prints!

  193. Jlynn

    October 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I have only recently started following you after reading Vision & Voice. The process and vision of your work is truly inspiring and i look forward to continuing to follow this next step in your journey!

  194. Aaron Pelly

    October 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    David, thank you for sharing the process as you work through this. I look forward to reading it all! A question: Is the CMYK conversion something that the publisher can handle for an extra fee? If I was publishing a book, my first thought would be that I’d rather have an expert do the conversion for me and avoid the risk of me botching it.

  195. Dave

    October 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    If you need a long pre-order period to help finance the book just say the word, I’ll buy my copy now.

    And please do keep up the ‘process’ posts – very interesting…

    — another Dave from Vancouver

  196. Bishop

    October 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    David — I’ve learned much from your site and once again you present us with a new journey. I look forward to reading about the process and seeing the results. Thanks for bringing us along!

  197. October 14, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    this is awesome! i hope to see this book in print! :D

  198. October 15, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Waiting eagerly for this book, will definately buy one. If they wont sell it in Finland -> EBAY… :D Will be great to hear about the whole process as well.. Always a pleasure to read your thoughts and see the pics.

  199. Phil M

    October 15, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Looks impressive already! Really really looking forward to watch your progress with this – and I’ll certainly be trying to buy one when they’re ready!

  200. Traian

    October 15, 2012 at 3:46 am

    You’ll make one thousand homes happier next year. I hope mine will be among them.

  201. marjan

    October 15, 2012 at 4:43 am

    stunning images david and the book is going to be a real treasure to have – really looking forward to reading about the process and seeing and touching the final product.

  202. October 15, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Very excited for this, David. It must be an incredible sense of accomplishment to have captured so many stunning photographs in so many corners of this great Earth.

  203. Scott Gilbertson

    October 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

    What a fantastic endeavor! I look forward to being one of the lucky thousand that buys your book.

    Regarding 4c printing, did you investigate hexachrome (6 color) printing? It was quite the rage a decade ago and the six colors would give you a larger gamut to work with.

  204. Andre Nery

    October 15, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Great work!

  205. October 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Keeping my fingers crossed!

  206. Alex Schneider

    October 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Man my family renovated our kitchen and the prints would totally fit into it. Seriously, I’m really looking forward to the book. Great work!

  207. Owen

    October 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Hi David
    Working in CMYK is a challenge but when you nail it, it looks great!

  208. David

    October 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Love you work and would love the prints.

  209. October 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Quite the project David. I congratulate you on deciding to go local; with that price tag, that’s a big commitment. I’m looking forward to hearing more of your experiences as the project progresses.

  210. Marilyn Dickson

    October 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    always been a fan from the get go – I’ll love this book
    Warmly Marilyn

  211. October 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Looking forward to this one David. I haven’t yet purchased a photo -book (other than educational) but this could well be my first…

  212. Bob Duff

    October 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Great project. All the best. Will be fun to hear the debates about what gets included and what hits the cutting floor.

  213. October 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Such an exciting journey. Are you doing your own edit? Or are you doing a large edit and then working with others to edit down to the crux?

    Good luck.

  214. October 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I’d buy it by the cover alone (even if I wasn’t a believer in your work). I also like the square concept…brilliant, really.

  215. Nathan

    October 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Can’t wait to see the final product! I’m sure it will be stunning…

  216. Bill Young

    October 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Your book project is a great idea for a series. Thanks for sharing, and thanks also for motivating me to print more. Its been enlightening to learn how many of my images look great on a screen and don’t quite hold up in print. But when I do my job with the camera, my Epson 3880 can really knock it out of the park!

  217. John Wearing

    October 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I really am a patient person normally David but seeing your work over the years and the images you have already chosen I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the book, it’s going to be stunning.

  218. Merly

    October 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Looks like an incredible project. Always fun to learn and push yourself out of the comfort level. Looking forward to seeing the final product.

  219. Paule Merlin

    October 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience on this exciting adventure. I hope I’ll be at a point one day to do a book myself! In the meantime I’m looking forward reading yours :)

  220. Dave Patrick

    October 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Looking great so far. I want to do a book as well, but am so intimidated by the process. Anxiously awaiting this one!

  221. October 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    connected through chrome which was fine but I’m still getting the message on safari- gonna restart and connect through safari next cause I like to come here and I rarely use chrome. anyways- christ man what a project! and how freekin awesome of one to endeavor toward. regarding the cmyk conversions: that sucks, and love the “tempting” and “hand exercises” humour. whatev. Looks like it’s gonna be a beauty of an item. By the way those Tofino shots are Killer! keep up the great work and stay safe out there David. -Nate from Maine, Usa.

  222. October 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I’m up for a preorder, possibly of the deluxe version (depending on price), and almost certainly multiple copies (barring a sudden change in finances — but one copy for sure, even if it means living on rice and lentils for a few months).