Where does the photos end up?

In 365 days there is a lot of time to take a lot of photographes and I take a lot. I usually bring my camera with me where ever I go, because I wouldn’t miss a big photo opportunety.

So what happens with my photos after I’ve taken them?

I  upload all my photos to my laptop. They are devided into dated folders. I go through all my photos and delete the worste. Some I don’t touch but some are good enough to be processed. After I’ve done my post processing, I move the photo into a new folder called ‘the real deal’.  Photos that turns up in that folder either get posted on my blog or uploaded to flickr. A few of my photographes get printed and hung up on my wall.

But what happenes with the photos after that?

Nothing!

After I’ve uploaded the best photos to my flickr account and put them on my blog, they kind of get forgotten. I never print photographes and put them in albums anymore. Recently I looked at my photo albums and I think the last photos are from 2002 or 2003. I know I have a quite a huge batch of photos that’s not in any album; they’re just collecting dust in a drawer. Putting photos in albums are such a boring job and that’s why the batch of photos now is collecting dust. That is also why I haven’t printed any photos to put in albums after 2003.

The fact that all my photos only can be found on my computer or somewhere on the www, is sad. It doesn’t do my photos justice. I’ve spent so many hours photographing and I don’t do anything with them. Of course they serve their purpose on flickr; people can see them and comment on them. I share my photos with the entire world so to speak. But after they’ve been posted, theyget forgotten in a way. The end up like one of many photos in a line.

Last week I came across the blog of a flickr-contact called Cindy. She blogged about making a yearbook; a book containg photos taken a spesfic year. What a brilliant idea.  Instantly I wanted to make one myself. I found her blog during a five  minute break I had at the officed and got so excited I couldn’t wait until I got home and could start on the book. It took a while before my mind could stop thinking about the book and focus on my job again.

Now I’ve started on making a book containing photos taken in 2011. I’m printing my book at blurb.com; they are good. There are a lot of photos to choose from, so only deciding what photos to pick is a huge task. Then there is the arrangement of the photos. In which order to put them. Not to make complete mess, I’ve decided to put them in categories like food, animals, Oslo in b&w, Oslo in color, bikes etc.

I’m having a lot of fun doing this. Photos I’ve already forgot, is popping up. It is fun looking at this years photos. I know it will be fun to stack it in my bookshelf too. Or maybe I should leave on my sofa table? Everyone visiting me will be able to see it then.

What are you doing with the photos you are taken? Are they hidden somewhere in a hard disk, hanging on a wall or have you done something else with them? I would love to know.

Photobook

Since I discovered blurb.com well over a year ago, I’ve wanted to make a photobook.  But I’ve never come around to actually make one. My indecisiveness has always gotten me. What kind of photobook should I make? I’ve dwelled with this topic for a long time. The furtherest I got was to start on a book called which I named ‘not color’ and I added one picture in blac and white. I never got around to do more.

Now I’m there again. I want to make a photobook. But this time I actually have an idea. Can you believe that? I actually have an idea! I just get standing ovations just because of that. Hah.

My 365 doors project sure deserves a book. Think about how cool it would be to have a huge book with 365 different doors in it. I came up with the idea yesterday and it didn’t take long time to decide how I wanted the book to be. I see it like this:

  • intro: me telling about the project. How it came to life, how I did it etc.
  • either one or two doors on on page. I would prefer one, but then the book would cost too much!
  • naming the street and maybe say something about the door / about taking the picture
  • after a milestone (like after 50 doors, 100 doors etc) I will write a little bit about how it’s going.
  • black pages (or maybe white), but most likel

Oh, I have such a clear vision of how I want this to be.  And In my head it looks really good.

Well… all this grant that I actually will finish this project. I need at least more doors than I have now. I think the limits go at 100 doors. That is some over three months of doors and something that can be done. Less than 100 doors is not something to make a book about.

I started on the book yesterday. Of course I had to upload the latest blurb-version which too so long and almost made my computer crash. Yu can’t use itunes and blurb on the same time, god forbid! *rolls eyes* Sigh!  But anway, I uploaded all the door pictures I had (14 yesterday) and put one on each page. That looks the best. After I found out how much it would cost to print a book with over 365 pages I came up with the idea to put two doors on some pages. You know, I would have to pay about 72 euro (tax and shipping not included) to print the book! Whoa! That’s quite a lot of money!

My plan from now on is to upload one more page to the book each day. And do that at the same time I upload it to flickr. Then I won’t be so behind and have to do a lot of work all at once. I think that is a smart way to do it.

I’m already quite excited about this book! I think this will be an incentiv to go on and keep up the project. I’m not nearly bored / fed up of it yet. But who knows what will happened in a month or so?

Right now I’m on full force towards 365 doors! Only 351 to go……

Photobook

Since I’ve discovered blurb.com, I’ve had the idea of creating a book with some of my photos. No wait, I’ve had that idea for a long, long time, but it’s only now I’ve found a way to do it. So… am I in the middle of making a photobook? Uhm… no!
 
Why not?
 
It’s the same thing as always, I can’t decide what pictures I’m gonna put in this book. Or more… what theme the book shall have. Should it be a collection of my finest photos? Or a black and white book? Or a book that contains just buildings or just cats? That is the big question. And when that question has to be answered other questions pop up.
 
Why should I really make this book? What purpose would it serve to make this book?
 
Those questions also needs to be answered in order to find a theme. The ultimate purpose would be to sell it, but I know that’s a bit far out. I don’t see any of my pictures that great that they would sell actually. Not a big book in a big scale. My portfolio isn’t that big. I do have 519 pictures presented at flickr, but not nearly everyone is something I think belongs to a printed book.
 
So, why?
 
So I can give it away as a present to familiy or friends? Well… not sure what purpose that would serve other than promote myself. Do I have any pictures they would like to see in a book? 
 
I guess so I could place it in my book shelf and let people who visit me, look at it. And because I would think it is cool with a book with my own pictures. Because it would be cool. Real cool. But is that reason a good enough reason to make a book? Or is it just waste of money?
 
Writing all this, all there is left is a lot of questions that needs to be answered. And right now I don’t have those answeres.

So what is the best strategy if I’m gonna pursue this idea? Should I just sit down and try to answer all these questions right away or in the near future and then go out and shoot acording to my answers? Or shall ignore the questions at the moment, but in stead go out and shoot and hope that the questions will be answered in the process?

Hmm… Can I sleep on that?

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