The Photographer's Truth

Ian seems to have it all a career as a hotshot software programmer in Silicon Valley a beautiful wife and family a nice house in an upscale San Francisco neighborhood and a past that he s mostly managed to forget But life takes an unexpected turn for Ian when he finds himself in Paris for a three month work project where meets the former fashion photographer Luca SpaIan seems to have it all a career as a hotshot software programmer in Silicon Valley a beautiful wife and family a nice house in an upscale San Francisco neighborhood and a past that he s mostly managed to forget But life takes an unexpected turn for Ian when he finds himself in Paris for a three month work project where meets the former fashion photographer Luca Sparks The unlikely friendship grows and Ian sees a new side to life as Luca takes him on a journey through the glamorous and lustrous Paris nightlife But something strange starts to happen during their adventures in Paris the two discover an attraction that threatens to destroy their lives Both men battle their own demons on the road to self discovery, ultimately learning how to come to peace with their feelings and their pasts.
The Photographer s Truth Ian seems to have it all a career as a hotshot software programmer in Silicon Valley a beautiful wife and family a nice house in an upscale San Francisco neighborhood and a past that he s mostly manag

  • Title: The Photographer's Truth
  • Author: Ralph Josiah Bardsley
  • ISBN: 9781626396388
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Photographer's Truth”

    1. The lasting impression of that week, the first thing I still remember about it after all these years, isn’t sleeping with Vince. It’s the Mapplethorpe print in that little gallery. That photo made me realize what a thin line we walk between being lost and really alive. That was the dance, that was what the title “Couple Dancing” meant to me. The dance was the combination of beauty, confusion, and chaos that makes life interesting. But you could see from the faces of the subjects in the p [...]

    2. Poignant, thought-provoking and quietly beautiful. I simply can't resist this author's masterful attack on all of my senses - every word rings true, every emotion described reverberated inside me, every observation made takes on a new and deeper meaning. I didn't long for artificially fabricated twists in the story, or sex scenes, or even a grand finale. Somehow, being left with a heart stuck in my throat is just as satisfying, if not more so, because it feels real. After the Brothers and this b [...]

    3. *copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*Ian is a Silicon Valley geek, a computer software programmer who lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. When Ian's work sends him to Paris for a three month project, he meets Luca, a famous retired fashion photographer. They spend their nights together drinking wine and having dinner together at small cafes and strolling the streets of Paris, but things change and Ian begins to have feeli [...]

    4. Ralph Josiah Bardsley has what I would call a very literary way of writing. It reminds me of the books I had to read for school-descriptive, with lots of exposition. That's not a bad thing, it actually puts you deeper into the main character's thoughts and feelings and gives you a greater understanding of what is going on. For me personally, it also makes some parts of the book go slower as all of the storytelling unfolds. Here in The Photographer's Truth, it was like that for me for about the f [...]

    5. Ralph Josiah Bardsley’s The Photographer’s Truth is such an elegant and eloquent book. Steeped in the romance of the City of Light is the story of a man, Ian Baines—husband, father, businessman—who seems, from the outside looking in, to be living the proverbial American Dream. The story begins with the introduction of our narrator as a young and as yet unnamed college student who is just beginning to examine who he is and to observe the world around him through a more questioning eye.Ian [...]

    6. ❥❥**´¨)¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)(¸.•´ (¸.•`*Some stories leave an indelible ink on your soulis was one of them."Even if you are broken, you're beautiful to me. You make me see light Luca. Light like I haven't been able to see ever before."It felt like the greatest love story ever with a disastrous ending. The song says: Falling in love is never an easy thing. Falling in love when you have a family is a complication that neither men could prevent. When Ian was offered a job in [...]

    7. I loved the journey of Luca and Ian. Ian’s was harder to watch and see through his fear. Luca’s started as very sad as we hear about his reason for leaving and walking away from something he loved to do. Something that catapaulted him into stardom but also put him in his own prison. Ian was scared. Scared of who he really was and what he was becoming before Luca came along. He didn’t know how to put this in words or even see it at first.We get another amazing journey that is deep and beaut [...]

    8. The first thing that strikes me upon finishing this book is how perfect, and important, telling it in a reflective past tense. Ian, a computer programmer from San Francisco with a wife and two teenage boys, gets sent to Paris to work on a long project; setting up a digital museum for famous fashion house, Moti. And he slowly becomes friends with Luca Sparks, one of the most famous fashion photographers in Paris, who had given up taking pictures. I really liked this, a lot. It's very different fr [...]

    9. This is the second book that I've read by the author - the first was his debut novel, Brothers, which went on to win a a Book of the Year Award from IndieFAB and also to receive a Lamda Literary nomination. The Photographer's Truth is another well-written piece by Ralph - I love the way he captures your heart with his writing. The characters and the settings are refreshingly real and I feel like the book is something I remember, rather than something I just read.The Photographer's Truth is cetra [...]

    10. Ian's life is seemingly perfect. He's a successful software engineer, with an attorney wife and two teenaged sons. He and his wife have been growing a bit apart, but after 16 years that's bound to happen, right? When a possible three-month work assignment in Paris comes up, Ian reluctantly agrees to go. Being away from his wife and kids that long is far from ideal but he has little choice in the matter. Paris is different and meeting Luca, a brilliant former fashion photographer, gives Ian a who [...]

    11. Great second novel by the author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as I did with the first one, Brothers. Bardsley has a unique way of building his characters and describing their livesking the reader feel like they are part of their inner circle. The book is sad at times, as it's a love story based on the impromptu meeting of two people who fall in love only to have to deal with the fact that one is already married to someone else. I loved both main characters, although very different pe [...]

    12. NetgalleyI was initially a bit disappointed when starting this book because it's written in the dreaded first person POV which I think is extremely tricky to pull off successfully, and I'm still not convinced that a 3rd person POV wouldn't have worked better. Also, as his first book, it starts with a long exposition I'm not sure is necessary.But there's something about the writing that made me fall right into the story and I was swept a long for the ride. Regardless of the limiting POV, the char [...]

    13. This book was so amazing from the beginning to the end! I just couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book for people to read! I am not a reader and this book was so great I didn't want to put it down! I wanted to find out what was going to happen so I kept reading! Thank you Ralph Josiah for yet another wonderful book!

    14. Reviewed for Foreword Books IndieFab Awards.Nothing really remarkable about this book in either way. Well-written, but not terribly out of the ordinary. The earlier romance seems superfluous, although I understand the reason for including it so that the later romance seems to make even the slightest bit of sense.

    15. Ian's life seems to be on track. He has a wife and two intelligent, well-adjusted sons. He's a key part of a software startup that looks to be going nowhere but up. There's nothing he feels is missing. This is what he's worked for all his life.But when a long-term assignment in Paris takes Ian away from his family and his life, his perspective begins to shift. Especially after he meets Luca, a former fashion photographer with a skill that leaves Ian in awe. As the two become closer friends, Ian' [...]

    16. I’ve had a hard time putting into words, why I rated this book a three, at most (and that feels like a bit of a stretch). The first 30 pages or so were really difficult to get through - it was written in first person, and not well during the beginning - added with a lot of backstory that was unnecessary (it felt so at the time and ended up being true). But I have to admit, that I continued to read the book - I wanted to know what happened. I think my biggest issue with the story, is that it di [...]

    17. I was drawn to this author's second book after thoroughly enjoying his first book, Brothers. The way the author builds his characters and background make you feel like you are right there in the middle experiencing everything first hand. The Photographer's Truth is an unusual love story that plays out quite differently than you would expect after reading the first few chapters. The main characters, Ian and Luca are so different, yet you begin to see and feel how their meeting shakes up the very [...]

    18. I loved, loved, loved this book! I could not put it down! I feel as if I have spent the last 3 days in Paris. It was written so beautifully, you could almost reach out and touch the city. A wonderful story about love . 's difficulties and it's wonder!

    19. I enjoyed this book (although I wasn't crazy about the cover). The relationship between Ian and Luca is a slow burn that, for me, was a much needed break from the usual M/M books where the main characters fall into bed a week (or less) after they meet. Bardsley's writing is very good and he's able to tell this story through Ian's eyes with a lot of honesty and emotion. At times Ian made me crazy with his sheer wussiness. His inability to say what he meant or how he felt was infuriating and I fel [...]

    20. This book was a true gem. Loved the writing style , setting , angst and storyline. Perfect five stars. Would have loved a little more from Luca at the end.

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