Using some of the techniques show in Baumgartner’s videos and some of those shown in Reynolds’ videos I made, what I think, is a pretty serviceable book. It has a bit of a wabi-sabi quality to it, which I appreciate in a lot of my work, and which might turn some people off completely. When I frame photographs the traditional way, I do not incorporate a wabi-sabi aesthetic into the finished work. In framing I usually become a Modernist.
One reason I think that I am turning to book-binding is that we simply do not have any more room to hang framed photographs in our house. The books are a wonderful way of gathering a portfolio or suite of images and having them handy and out of the way at the same time.
There is something about the stab binding process and look that really attracts me. I plan on sticking with it for a while, and do hope that my next ones are a little more mistake free, while retaining that wabi-sabi feel.
To keep informed about Southern Photography take a look at John Wall’s fine blog on the subject.