We were thrilled to read in last week’s Publisher’s Weekly that a multimedia feature commissioned for our POV’s Borders series back in 2003 could be the “breakout indie hit” in bookstores this season. Photographer and documentary filmmaker Douglas Gayeton is coming out with a book in October entitled Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town,” with an introduction by American slow food guru, Alice Waters.
Douglas’s photo feature was a big hit on our website, which also won the 2004 Webby Award for Best Broadband site. Douglas’s photographs were part of the Border Talk series, POV’s first blog that ran in 2004. Border Talk included posts from an assortment of artists, writers and scientists whose work dealt with the environment. Guests included author Elizabeth Royte (Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash and Bottlemania), marine ecologist Carl Safina and the Mount Washington (Weather) Observers, among others.
We were incredibly pleased with all the participants’ blog posts, but we especially loved Douglas’s amazing photographs, and the interactivity that revealed his hidden writing within each photo (hint: roll your mouse over the images). A lot of the writing is in Italian, but non-Italian speakers can access English translations of all the text by clicking on the “Words Only” legend link in the upper-left-hand corners of each launched photograph. Click on the image below to explore Douglas’s amazing work.
Later this week, we’ll be sending Douglas some questions about the book to ask him what else he has been up to in the past few years. If you have any questions you’d like to ask him, please enter them in the comments section below. We’ll forward our favorite viewer questions to him, as well.