Yesterday — both before and after we went to the opening — Lisa and I created a photo book that’s about to be printed via Blurb. If you discount the A-B-C’s book I wrote and illustrated in kindergarten, it’s the first book I’ve made. I print a fair bit, enjoy typography, and love photo books.* Despite loving photo books, this will be my first.
Lisa and I took some of our favorite photographs from our trip to Australia and built a book using Blurb’s BookSmart tool. It was pretty easy and very customizable — albeit a bit clunky if you want to make a lot of edits — and a lot less “cute” than what Snapfish offered. (You can even use Adobe InDesign or another tool, if you want.) I’m certainly hoping that the photos in the book look great . . . at least as good as mass-market photography monographs. If they do, I’ll probably make one containing some of my “arty” photographs.
* — I could easily amass tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying photography monographs and exhibition catalogs. So it’s best that I don’t look too much at Amazon, otherwise my photography wish list would probably include the whole art and photography section.