Starting out to collaborate with your husband on a new book, in this case our third, is like being married all over again. In order to achieve a successful collaboration, it is necessary to understand each other's ideas and feelings.
The quality that makes you useful as a collaborator is your method of following your own ideas, because photography is a specialized field and you should know what can and what cannot be done with it. But the thing that makes you still more useful as a collaborator is your understanding of the writer's conception so that you are carrying out his ideas in your own photographic way.
Working together with the same purpose in mind is essential, because even though one half of the team uses a typewriter and the other a lens, the two mediums must function congenially so they will come together and weld. Together they produce something quite different from the activities of either and build together something they could not construct separately.
Our object was to give the impression and feel of America. America is a big country and there are an infinite number of choices of subject matter. Other collaborators would make an entirely different set of choices and the result would be another impression of America. This was our impression, and we could go on forever adding to it, but it seemed practical to stop sometime.
The pictures were made throughout many trips here and there, taken throughout the past year, but the bulk of the photographs were taken on a fairly concentrated trip from the East Coast to the West Coast and back.
In our particular choice of places we often followed whimsical reasons --going to Pretty Prairie because we read a tiny item in a newspaper which first brought to our attention the fact that such a delightfully named place existed, and going to San Diego because in days past it had been our joy to go to night clubs there and watch the sailors dance. Sometimes our photographic stops had unforeseen consequences, as in