I am currently in the middle of creating my first photo book. Or as more hip people like to say - zine. I have always liked printing my photos. But not everything that I like in my brain, I do in real life. I don't have many of my photos printed in any form. And I want to change that FAST!
There are many challenges in creating a photo book. Thinking of a theme. Finding, filtering and sequencing photos. And many, many other things. I will get into all this at some point, but first I want to finish the first photo book to have as much understanding as I can. At least as much understanding as one can have after printing one book.
Creating a photo book takes time and I don't have binders full of time being thrown at me. The time must come from somewhere else and this week the time comes from this website. Instead of a deeper writing about some ancient camera or abstract learnings one can take from developing film in beer, I will create a top 5 list. Except that it's not a real "top" list. It's just 5 photos that were considered for my photo book but didn't stick the landing for various reasons and so must live in the purgatory that is my digital photo library. Why a top 5 list? Because I like to go one step beyo...I like to stick to a round-ish number that everyone else is using.
I could skip writing on this website this week but I feel like I'm on a roll that I don't want to ruin. My current goal is to write one piece of content every week. I would like to reach my goal even if I only have myself to report to.
I will keep my photo book theme a mystery for now. You might be able to conjure some inklings of a theme based on the photos I will show. Keep in mind that these are the photos that were rejected.
So those were the photos that didn't have what it takes to be in a top class photo book. Maybe they will find themselves in another zine. Otherwise they will accumulate digital rot so large that it will pose a risk to the survival of the internet.
Keep an eye on future writings relating to photo books. I have several writings and other things planned around this subject.