I’m working on choosing final images that will go in my book Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Images are critical for a nonfiction book like this. One part of the book includes a drawing with children 6 7 years picture about the archaeological dig that is taking place in the Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon.
I want to include photos of volunteers working there and there are some great images to choose from. But each photo needs to meet a list of factors for it to work for the book. This is a photo of me working the sifter during the dig. While it does fit the text of the book it is more important to use images of other volunteers. I took this photo, but it isn’t the right choice to be in the book.
Other images are better and will carry more weight. Photos take up a lot of real estate in a book, so each image must carry it’s weight and be worth the space. The photo needs to either add a deeper understanding to what I’ve written or give a platform to use more information in the caption to get across information that didn’t fit within the text. It matters what is in the background of the pic. Does what is behind or beside the subject add to the photo?
Is the photo hi res enough for publication? Some images must be deleted because they aren’t good enough for print. THIS FOLLOWING PART IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL! I’m working on this part right now. While the photos I want to use technically belong to Mount Vernon, the people in the photos are volunteers.
So I want each one of them to tell me it is acceptable for me to use the photo in my book. Got to go now—maybe the people I’m looking for sent me an email . My turn to weigh in on National Poetry Month. I’m fascinated with this way of storytelling, and have been trying to write one myself for longer than I care to reveal. Maybe it was the dismal poetry I was “exposed” to in school. Two weeks of Longfellowwe ALWAYS had two weeks of Longfellow.