About two years ago, I approached my grammar school friend, Lisa Glass, and suggested that we team up and publish a photography book about our hometown of Massapequa, New York. That's the well known area of Long island for those of you who don't know.
After some personal issues that hit both of us slowed us down in 2013, we started shooting sites around town in 2014. Then we began the furious process of designing the book and getting it off to our printer.
The book, Massapequa: A Pictorial History Through The Eyes of Baby Boomers, was self published and arrived at Lisa's door on December 22, 2014. Since then, we have sold nearly 200 copies (without Amazon or Barnes & Noble). But beyond the book, we have been humbled by the interest in our project.
Our Facebook page focused on the book will likely hit 1,000 members this year. The Town of Oyster Bay took notice of the book and has sponsored us thus far in three exhibits. And, when our first exhibit went up in February 2015, a local columnist visited and wrote an article about our project.
In May 2015, we opened two month long concurrent exhibits: one at a branch of our hometown library and the other at the Town of Oyster Bay Public Works Building in Syosset, NY, which features our fine art photographs from other areas of Long Island. And in August 2015, we'll open another exhibit at Astoria Bank in Massapequa Park, just a few blocks from where we both grew up.
On May 14, 2015, we'll also be discussing our book at the Bar Harbour branch of the Massapequa Public Library along with some of those essayists who contributed to the book.
We're humbled that the book has given us the opportunity to exhibit our work in your hometown and beyond. And we've been moved by the many heartfelt testimonials about the book that has surely revived great childhood memories for so many baby boomers who grew up in Massapequa.