November saw an opportunity to attend a Book Making and Sequencing Workshop by the Master Photographer John Blakemore. Nottingham was the destination of the 2 day workshop to learn the skill of sequencing the photographs and then the art of bookmaking to show the images in their most natural context.
Day One saw John produce examples of his work, along with sequencing techniques. Day Two saw the attendees make their books.
With a short space of time before the workshop, I had to have many printed images ready to create the book. I chose a theme of woodland landscape scenes. I printed 50 images at 6×4 inch photographs.
You needed to bring along 200-300gsm watercolour paper, end papers, card and book cloth. I chose some watercolour paper which was 300gsm in A3 format, along with some autumnal feel end paper and a dark green book cloth to create and woodland feel to the book.
In listening to John intently I established the following points for sequencing.
• Look for a chain within your images
• Tell stories not moments
• Learn to think differently on images when creating a book
• Think of text in books as an image
• When sequencing, look at relationship between images, see 2-3 images as one image
• Look at colour tones throughout the book
• Make more intimate images, use of light, soft focusing, shapes, lines, explore tiny elements of sharpness
• Have a start, middle and end
• Use an image for a title image that speaks about the book you are creating
• When faced with many images to sequence look for images that work together first, then look for start and end images. Look for links between each section so that the book flows.
After the sequencing, it became apparent a big book was needed. Lots of glue, guidance and sheer rhythm to create the book produced a pleasing result which I can call totally handmade.
To be in the presence of a master photographer was simply a joy. His words, insights and experience was worth the admission fee along, let alone actually making something. He also actually took pictures from the workroom as he was working on a Clouds project, which was pleasurable and he later added a lack of photography for many years until very recently. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in adding another dimension to their photography output.