Monday, 15 June 2009

starting next volumes

Receiving and reading through the two volumes revealed a lot of niggling errors and typos. It reminded me how hard it is to see your own work. Without a bit of time away and actually handling and "reading" a book it is almost impossible to edit and proof your own work. You a re still in that creative space and seeing the book is the only way i find to put myself in the viewer/consumers place. Luckily one of the early sales has started a correspondence with a knowledgeable reader who has agreed to be a proof reader for the wage of free books - result! Vol 3 & 4 have therefore been reedited and some additional images added.

After a slow start with vol 1 &2 I have employed a student to scan the next batch of photos for me and I am now getting a chance to study them all in a bit more depth. Although it's a less sensory experience than handling the photos the digital manipulation is more rewarding when looking for those more insignificant details. Scanned at 1200 dpi you can really get a sense of the detail captured in some very small prints.

With the focus turning to the early years of the war I am starting to get into the initial versions and have a good feeling for these volumes. Particularly vol 2 which will cover Ausf D&E. I have got some images of Hybrid vehicles that haven't had much coverage, interesting images of white wheels on desert vehicles and uncovered some info concerning stowage in Russia that may well have to become a volume in its own right.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

First Panzer photo books on Blurb

I have managed to get two volumes ready and uploaded to blurb over the christmas break. They are made up of photos collected entirely from ebay over the last 10 years. The first 15 pages can be seen on blurb.com by clicking on the images below. The images are primarily selected to illustrate technical changes but inevitably capture the mood and atmosphere of the times.

Each book has diagrams that lay out the development and changes as they happened and include production numbers and associated dates. By combining information from the most up to date sources in one place there will be no more flicking through numerous volumes to find text describing related changes - it's a one stop visual reference.


The series of books are called "PzKpfw IV at the front" primarily because most images are taken by the troops themselves.
Volume 3 covers Ausf F, Ausf F2(G) and early Ausf Gs. The reason for publishing this volume first is this hectic period of change of role and use; from short barrel to long barrel is of most interest to me and has been the main initial focus for my photo collecting.
Volume 4 continues on to mid and late Ausf G, Ausf H and Ausf J. Taking the story to the end of the war and onto post war use.
The subsequent volumes will prequel these adding imagery from early and pre war use right up to the invasion of Russia and the fighting in North Africa.