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A quick update on photobooks and assignment 5

I’ve been busy over the last few days playing around with book formats. Here are a few images of a photobook I have made using the pocket frame technique. I suspect it is something that is taught in school for framing school photos, but I upped the ante a little by using a variety of bee themed papers and including transparent plastic covers for each of the images. It seems to be a useful addition to my book styles, as it opens totally flat and folds flat easily. The only problem is that I am not sure what images to put into it.

Since then, I have received some very beautiful Japanese papers from Shepherds in London, and selected the combination of paper, book type and methodology for presenting assignment 5. A taster images is shown below. I intend to replace the white thread with a green one and to make a presentation box for it.





Preparation for assignment 5

Following a suggestion from my tutor that I work with the prints I made for Exercise 4.5, I have been thinking about how I could present them in an organised way. This would mean that they need to be contained and viewable from both sides. After some mulling and a few experiments, I think I have come up with something that will work, using one of the books I made after the SW OCA workshop last month. The Sewn and Tied binding (Golden, 2010, p66) but essentially it consists of pieces of board sandwiched between a folded sheet of paper, and sewn together as individual leaves. The result is a book that lies completely flat and each leaf has weight and thickness.

So what I have done is cut a window in the leaf and then sandwiched my image between two sheets of plastic and presented it in the window. The remaining question I have now is about whether one can do away with the inner board altogether and just have the plastic sandwiched within the folded paper.  This process means the images are both contained and double sided, but an added bonus is that each leaf is made separately, so the chances of ruining the book from one of the leaves is much reduced. (The whole process of gilding and then presenting the work is very fiddly and time-consuming, so this is a real bonus). There are a couple of photos below of my test images below.

My next consideration needs to be about whether to include some of the words that I put around the edge of the version of the work below. I suspect that it will need them.

two side of womanReferences

Goldin, A. (2010) Making handmade books. New York: Lark.

Tutor feedback on assignment 4


My tutor has excelled this time with feedback coming back within three days of my assignment submission. A link to it can be found here: 4.Holly Woodward assignment report

I can only say that I am very happy with his feedback. He does not feel that anything needs to be improved, although I myself have a few niggles with it that I would like to iron out before assessment. Aside from the points I already mentioned in my reflection on the assignment, I would also like to alter the following:

  1. Remake the book with smaller holes to make it less floppy. Thanks, Richard Down for telling me this. Very useful for future reference.
  2. Consider whether the typeface is appropriate. I have been doing some background research on typefaces and design lately, and I am now not happy with the standard Ariel  one I have used. Keen eyed readers might have noticed (probably not) that I have changed the default typeface for this blog, and I may do the same for the physical book. (Edited to add: Having discussed this with my tutor, he feels I should keep the typeface as it is, as it mimics that on the front cover).
  3. Put a soundtrack to the Vimeo piece, though this is less important as the assessors will have the book itself to review. The video was my first, and I did not want to overstretch my abilities with it, but having seen the results I am now confident I can put a track to it. (Edited to add: My tutor thinks this is not necessary, especially as the actual object will be available for the assessors to view)
  4. Page numbers. I keep thinking it should have page numbers. (Edited to add: my tutor argues strongly against adding page numbers, so I will not do so.)

Suggested reading to look into

Photographers and abandoned spaces:

Yvonne De Rosa (Crazy God): http://www.yvonnederosa.it/galleries.php?id=5&mode=foto#.WfsTfGU3HzI

Robert Polidori: https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/new-orleans-after-the-flood-a-photo-gallery

Take a look at the work and ideas of Sophie Calle (If you haven’t already) may inspire your creativity.


Did you see this show at The Photographers’ Gallery? This may provide you with further ideas. http://notionmagazine.com/exhibition-feminist-avant-garde-1970s-photographers-gallery/

Suggested ideas for assignment 5

My tutor liked the work I was doing on the feminist gaze and in particular exercise 4.5 Fictional texts. He suggests that I look at building on this for assignment 5. Some serious thought is going to be needed on this over the next week, as I’d like to get the assignment finished before Christmas.