|You & I|
By Celestial Arts; Millbrae, CA 94030
Photographs by Leonard Nimoy, one by Adam Nimoy
The inscription at a fountain in Boston "Cast thy bread upon the waters for thou shalt find it after many days." made a great impression on Leonard when he was 8 years old.
Leonard took it literally and cast bread on the waters which was pecked up by pigeons. Believing this was natural for the process he watched and came back later to see what he might find. "How many is 'many'", he wondered after several visits to the place. Realizing now how fortunate he is, he continues to share. In this book Leonard Nimoy shares very personal experiences.
And he hopes that some of what he experienced is there, in these pages, for the reader, too.
In 1970, I renewed an old love. I turned with a new intensity toward the art of photography. I had been interested in photography as a hobby for many years, had always owned a camera, and sometimes when a darkroom was available, processed my own prints. But I had never approached the work at a more serious level than simply recording events such as birthday parties and other celebrations of various kinds. Now I was intrigued with photography as an art form, particularly in black and white.
I took some UCLA courses and began to understand the science of photography as an art form. I worked intensely until I was satisfied that my prints were suitable for publication. Now I realized that the form of publication was a major choice and decided that perhaps the format that would serve me best would be a book of photographs and words.
For the first time in my life, I sat down seriously to think and write poetically. It was surprisingly easy. Or I should say it came in an unexpectedly gratifying flow. My search for an understanding of the art of photography had led me to a new surprise. That I was capable of writing and being published successfully as a poet. Since that first book which was called, "YOU & I," I have had four other books published, all quite successful.
Source: Nimoy, Leonard. "All My Life I've Been a Searcher" in Datsun Dicovery, Fall 1978.