You have a new coffee table book out. Tell us more about it.
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You have a new coffee table book out. Tell us more about it.

I'll start by saying that being able to connect digitally is awesome. I now have friends through FWID from around the world that I wouldn't have otherwise known. That said, we've lost this sense of touch and tangibility. What I set out to do is put together some of the best photos at the time of when this book started, back in Summer of 2018, put it in your hands, and inspire you.

I've seen these photos on the feeds, I've looked at them on my computer, in InDesign, and in drafts and proofs. Once I actually touched and held the book, it was magical. What this book does, I believe, is inspire. Right now we're in lockdown so it feels like a little vacation, a little trip around the world. It's a bucket list that makes you think 'I want to go there when this pandemic is done. I want to shoot that place.'

Once I actually touched and held the book, it was magical. What this book does, I believe, is inspire.

The beautiful thing about FWID is the community. I would have never met or known about all these amazing photographers if it wasn't for an app (Instagram). What this book represents is a community, people with a shared vision. Now the FWID community has something tangible and lasting. I could delete a photo, close the account, go dark, but the book is out. It will live on, it's an artifact that will be in the world forever.

When I'm on Instagram or anywhere else online, I may like a photo, but I'll take it in for half a second. As an author and a curator, I've had to pause with these photos and really take them in, ponder in that moment. Those are some feelings I didn't expect, to be honest.