Yes, I know, the Frog and the blog have been quiet lately. Two reasons. First, the day job that helps keep this going has been very, very hectic of late.
Second, “The Port Huron and Detroit Railroad in Black and White, 1984” is now available on CreateSpace via Laughing Frog Images and also through the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society at their events!
For every book purchased through Laughing Frog Images or the Frog’s CreateSpace e-store, a $5.00 donation will be made to the PH&DRRHS. The donation also applies to the PH&D and Connections in Color when purchased through those channels.
The black and white book concludes the two-book series on the PH&D if for no other reason that I’ve now shared and published everything I have that’s worthy of sharing.
The PH&DRRHS’s HoboFest starts on September 11, so I’d been working to meet that delivery deadline most every spare minute I had the last few weeks.
And then, when I’d finally finished the book and placed the initial print order, along with the feelings of pride, accomplishment and completion, there was a sense of “end.”
I don’t really know how to describe it. I still don’t understand it. Almost like hearing Porky Pig saying “Th-the-th-th-that’s all folks…”
That aside, it really was quite an experience to revisit the past and the PH&D in black and white. I never shot that much black and white. I was never that enamored with it, even though I am a great admirer of the works of O. Winston Link, Jim Shaughnessy, J. Parker Lamb and others. Maybe it’s because they shot “then” while I was shooting “now.” In 2015, “now” is “then”, and maybe that’s part of why this book hit me in a way I hadn’t imagined. There’s just something about seeing the PH&D in black and white that’s very different than seeing it in color. I can’t explain that either. I don’t know if this makes any sense, but I “see” things in my black and white work that I didn’t “see” in my color work.
I hope that the readers feel the same way.