So, it would appear that D-Day is finally upon us; as all around the globe, the sound of books thudding gently onto doormats, resounds. Well, I say ‘all around the globe’, but I actually mean ‘anywhere but in Lancashire, seemingly’.
For, as all and sundry have been whooping it up with delight, announcing the fact that they are now the proud owner of ‘through a quiet window’, posting photos of their signed copies and offering sneak previews of some of the ‘previously unseen’ shots which feature in the book; I have had to sit here, peeking from between my fingers and through half closed eyes, trying not to feel like the kid who wasn’t invited to the best party ever……grim. I mean, it has even arrived at Mischa’s abode, and she lives in the middle of an actual forest in deepest Wales. Grrrrrr. Not that I am bitter, obviously; it is just that I am really terrible when it comes to delayed gratification, so I am now banking on the fact that my reliant postie will show up tomorrow, with the Holy Grail in his bag, and I will finally get to see what all the fuss is about.
So far, the news has been pretty good. Lots of people saying that there are a whole raft of photos they have never seen before, that the quality is great and that it is incredible value for money. Someone pointed out a typo (“Tim Drum”?) and a couple of the geekier folk have queried some of the dates but, overall, the general consensus is a resounding “hurrah”. For those of us who have been avid fans of Steve’s photography for decades, this is such a fantastic opportunity, to have 200 of his images gathered together in one place.
I was chatting with a fellow fan this weekend and his only gripe was one I think I can also agree with; the book is just too small. Those of us who have purchased Jansen prints can testify that Steve’s images work best when seen on a large-scale – his prints measure 40cm x 30cm and look amazing, so the thought of having a larger, ‘coffee-table’ version of the book is one that really appeals. Maybe there is scope for a limited edition, deluxe version; who knows? I am pretty sure that the last thing Steve wants to contemplate at this moment in time though, is producing yet another book. Maybe when he has finished off the new album, we can start a campaign, eh?
In a couple of week’s time I am going to do a fan-based post about the book – if you want to contribute, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Until then, I shall continue to sit here, trying to avoid too many spoilers, until my treasured copy finally wings its way to the Northern wastelands of Lancashire. Roll on Monday……..
Thanks to Shane, Ferry and Yumiko for sharing the photos of their copies of the book.
‘through a quiet window’ is available to order from the artes wesbite here:
A selection of Steve’s prints are available to purchase from his website here: