I feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of Photography

by Al Perry

Sometimes I don’t get any respect.

ivory gull in the Arctic
My favorite gull, ivory gull, in the Arctic

I printed a limited edition two-volume coffee table sized Al Perry Nature Photography photo book bound in Corinthian leather. I showed the book to a few friends who I knew would give me an unbiased review. Here are three comments that came back:

“When I touched and viewed your beautiful leather book cover I expected great photos inside. Your book gives new meaning to: Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
~ Mary, Illinois

“Al, you should change your motto to: Whatever I lack in substance I make up in packaging.”
~ Peter, Ohio

“You went all the way around the world taking photos and that‘s all you came back with?”
~ Joyce (my wife), Indiana

I feel like the Maytag repairman waiting for people to call and order my book. My wife has given me three months to sell at least one car space of books in our garage in order to park her car.

This column was written April 1, 2015.


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