Over the past couple of years I’ve seen many photographers produce handmade books of their work and that inspired me to give it a go myself. So a few months back I ordered some materials to produce a book, which when I look book was a little premature really as I wasn’t sure what would be in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of images but felt it required a little project with a series of images which I didn’t feel I had. I filed all the materials away, and every so often would do a little research on how they are made and continued to take images non of which you could class as a project or a series.sports74.ru
This all changed when I had a day out with my Pinhole camera and my friend and fellow photographer Ian Burton. We decided to head to Whitby for the day, our plan was to have a walk around and see what we could find that would be ideal for pinhole photography. It was a great day, weather was on our side and we managed to take a few shots. Well, when I say a few I managed to shoot two rolls of film which is a lot compared to normal.
On reviewing the images I felt that I had a small body of work that would as a little series and help my book making skills, when I say skills I really didn’t have any as this was going to be my first attempt. The first opportunity I had I imported the images into Photoshop and produced a template that consisted of two roes of three images, each image 5 inches square with a 1 inch border. Once printed I set up the cutting mat and started to produce my first book.
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OK, I was reasonably pleased with my first attempt, but could see that where area’s I could improve on, especially how I attach the front and back covers. It also gave me insight on how easy it was to fold and how I should mark where the folds needed to be. I wasn’t sure when I would get a chance to have another go. Until one day I work up early and couldn’t get back to sleep so I got up and thought whilst everyone else was in bed I can have a go at MKII, so all the equipment came out and started on a new template.
This time it was going to have more images in, with a better and more substantial way of connecting the front & back covers. So managed to get 10 shots on 2 sheets of A2, I was using Fotospeed SC300 which was the same paper as my first attempt. I found it quite easy to fold, even though it is 300gsm.
Out came all the tools and cutting mat again. I may have too many rulers :-). I don’t own a guillotine so I had to make all the cuts by hand using a craft knife and steel ruler which isn’t ideal as you need to join a number of sheets of paper together to enable to get even more images in the book. With guillotine it would be more accurate and you don’t want to waste paper or have to reprint a whole sheet again.
Now that there was to be additional images included compared to MKI this requires even more joins to extend the length of the book. This was done by leaving an overlap on each end of the printed rows allowing this to be glued to the next row of images on the back.
Once all the joints were glued I could move onto the front and back cover. I cut some card to give me two pieces measuring slightly bigger than the folded pages.Using some grey book covering material I started to cover the board I had cut, i left an overlap of about 1 inch so I could fold over to cover the edges. It brought back memories of covering school books with wallpaper many years ago, I sure some of you used to do that too.
Once I had covered both boards all was left to do was attach the images to them. The first and last frames were going to be attached and cover the board that is showing. Once attached I weighed down the book fully folded and left to dry.
For only my second attempt I’m really happy how it has turned out. there are areas I can improve on especially when covering the book and best of all was the enjoyment & satisfaction of putting it all together and seeing the end result.
If you are interested in Pinhole Photography, why not spend the day learning more with myself & Ian Burton in Whitby. Please check out the details here – PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP