I work with words, camera, paper & a bit more. Florida is a great place to click & record. But I find images to preserve wherever I go. I especially like to look for signs, to see how what others have written for advertising or information, can become worth viewing on a wall.
In 2010 I participated in creation of a children's picture book biography collaboration, from National Geographic Society. It has has received praise from:
ReadingRockets.org PBS 2010 Big Summer Read List School Library Journal Booklist Kirkus
This picture book biography is about an amazing woman who I hope you'll want to know, Betty Mae Jumper.
SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader. ISBN 978.1.4263.0592.4 www.ngchildrensbooks.org
This is a collaboration with artist Lisa Desimini, who created oil paintings that deserve a gallery of their own. See more of her stunning work www.lisadesimini.com The afterword letter is written by poet Moses Jumper, Jr. To learn more about Mrs. Jumper please visit:
"Betty Mae Jumper is a woman ahead of her time and will inspire young people who face the world. Your story is informative and engaging. The illustrations are lovely... I read it with delight as I was reminded of my early experiences with the Seminole tribe in Miami..." retired library director Helen Moeller Florida
Some of my other publications in print: Scenic Driving Florida, 3rd edition, 2010 Florida's Famous Animals These are geotourism guides: "For those who love a road they've never driven or those who weary of trails well traveled, Scenic Driving Florida is the perfect companion." FLORIDA HERITAGE magazine "...a good traveling companion. It would make a fine welcoming gift to a newcomer and a useful guide for families planning weekend trips." FLORIDA WILDLIFE magazine
My online writing studio is www.bookseedstudio.wordpress.com
Please obtain the books through your favorite library, or book source, and also via
www.indiebound.org a fabulous cooperative of independent book lovers.
For this gallery, as much as I enjoy finding the perfect landscape, often to shoot in close-up, such as the scallop shells of Apalachicola, I also like recording whimsey, finding irony in signage & highlighting juxtapositions of items, such as in "Blue Guitar." I also like to shoot small, small libraries and places where writers work.
the small print: My work on IMAGEKIND and elsewhere is protected by copyright. All artwork here is c. 2007-2010, Jan Godown with all rights reserved. Permission is withheld to copy, appropriate, claim original ownership or otherwise distribute any of my work, without proper, prior written permission for one-time, specific use, from Jan Godown, this artist. I