I am proud to present my book Asia Stories featuring stories from Papua New Guinea, Laos and Cambodia. The images in this book contain some of the stories that have affected me deeply during the first two years of my life on the road. The experiences I gathered, people I met, places I visited, and lessons I learnt, changed me almost completely. Little exists of the person I was before. The books is 138 pages, hardcover with dust jacket and printed on gorgeous thick Mohawk uncoated cotton paper with a lovely textured art feel to it. – Flemming Bo Jensen
The book you are seeing is the result of a couple of months of solid work between Flemming and I. To say we “kicked each other’s asses getting this book done” describes the pace and intensity with which we both worked on this perfectly.
Highlights for me during this process:
- Mutual faith. Flemming and I agreed at the start to be completely honest, as nothing would get done if we got bogged down in skirting around issues that needed to be raised. It made communicating massively easier, and resulted in some fine dialogue. We’d agree to disagree, sound new (sometimes ridiculous) ideas out, clarify potentially contentious things before they got that way, and basically felt free to speak our minds without fear of giving offence. I’ve never worked with anyone else with half this level of trust and confidence, and it has been extremely enlightening.
- The pace at which we progressed. I don’t often come across people who get as obsessed as I do about stuff, and it has been really great to work with someone who believes in diving into it full stream, although I daresay it wore both of us out a bit. 268 very long emails over a couple of months just on the book alone – phew!
- Working with images and text. Regular readers will remember my ongoing frustrations with editing pictures (here and here), most of which stem from the fact that I haven’t been exposed to picture stories as much as I need to be. Pairing pictures with words, which I am leagues more comfortable working with, made it a whole different ballgame. I knew what I wanted Flemming to write more of, write less of, write differently, and how to ask for it. We ended up with images that are not always directly related to the textual stories, but complementary where they need to be.
All in all, i found playing editor an immensely rewarding experience, both in what I got out of it personally, as well as the fact that I helped a friend and fellow photographer attain their goal. Being part of this effort has been damned good, and no less for it being a book that contains such personal significance in Flemming’s life.
Happiness is not real unless it is shared.
– Chris McCandless, Into The Wild
Quite so. There’s no price that can be put on fellowship.