John Wawrzonek images from The Hidden World of the Nearby
Walking was created at the suggestion of the Nature Company. It contains an edited version of the text of Thoreau's wonderful text "Walking."
I chose the photographs myself and managed the printing myself also by calibrating the printing press in Japan. I did not go to Japan but had them printing pages of thousands of colors and from those created a "profile" of the printing press they would use for this book. The colors are exactly what I desired.
The book went through 7 printings and was a major success for the Nature Company.
The Illuminated Walden began, as did almost everything I have done, more or less by accident.
My wife, Susan Ziegler, was working for the parks department of Massachusetts and one of her colleagues suggested I visit Walden Pond, which I did in the spring of 1991.
What I found was as unexpected as everything else, especially a place called Wyman's Meadow about twenty feet from the path that surrounds the pond. Just off the "beaten path" if you will.
I returned often for 11 years, until 2002. In the meantime, an anniversary related to Thoreau was coming up and Barnes & Noble was interested in a book.
There are 65 photographs and substantial excerpts chosen by the then president of the Thoreau Society. It went through two printings and I suspect would have gone through several more had it not been hidden in the literature section of the stores, rather than out with with gift books.