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Discussing the draft of an upcoming art book a friend of mine had a ground-breaking idea. He told me that I should start with asking my watchers and supporters what they expect an art book or photo book. Woah! Maybe I should do that indeed.
So - yeah. Which books do you like, how are they structured? What do you think absolutely needd to be in an Intravenus Project book and what shouldn't? Do you have any favorites that I should check out?
Looks like I didn't write an update for my DA profile in months. These days I'm more active on our Discord server, Instagram or the Patreon page. Speaking of, I've recently changed releases to a format I call photo story. It's basically a digital PDF photo book with the story integrated into the picture as text. I do the layout of those with a tool called Affinity Publisher. It is pretty close to Adobe InDesign. There is also a more traditional media gallery with all the images used in the photo story and some more bonus pictures that I ended up not using. So far I have released three of those photo stories. "What happens in Core 4, stays at Core 4", a trial run combining two stories from 2019. "The First Birthday" and "Into The Conduit", the regular releases for April with new material. This was a super-important step for me after Dropbox shut down their Showcase feature at the end of last year. I also have some ideas about doing new interpretations of old photos in that
Happy Project Holidays
Not that it's getting weird being alone for the holidays for the first time in 40 years or something. To fight the Christmas blues I will video-call some family members later and prepare a special Christmas pizza for dinner. Nice home-made yeast dough, hollandaise sauce, red cabbage, pears and cheddar. Already looking forward to that. So happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or just some nice non-religious days off for all of you. No matter if you spend the time together with friends and family or alone for whatever reason.
What do you want the Project to be in 2021?
It's the end of the year again and what a year it was! Usually this is the time when I muse why so many patrons left recently and what it means for the direction of the Project. This year is different - my dashboard says that support is stable. This makes me happy. If you ask me to summarize this year in one word it is "draining". Although there were (and are) long stretches of (so-called) lockdown, I can count the days I worked from home on one hand. Work is still piling up at my day job and I'm counting the days until my vacation starts (it's five days by the way). It will be a very lonely turn of the year in my little self-imposed quarantine, but it's better than risking making what is left of my family sick. I recently started streaming some nostalgic horror games on Twitch to reconnect to old friends. Originally I set up this whole streaming thing for the Project, but it's super-hard to find a time slot that works across time zones. I'm pretty content with the creative output of
YouTube suspension, video downloads unaffected
YouTube has notified me that they have suspended the Intravenus Project channel because of violations of the Community Guidelines. On hindsight I should have been more cautious on that platform. I will try to appeal this decision of course but I don't think we will get the channel back. I've already moved some stuff to Vimeo and see where we go from there.