I created my third version of the photobook dummy. I thought about the new concept for quite a while as I didn't want to continue with the idea of the accordion style layout in a box.
It is a quite controversial publication and calling it photo-book is rather symbolic. The idea came from the desire to give the viewer a chance to experience the photographs as an objects - to touch the surface, stick on the wall, take away or use in any other possible way.
I gave the publication some structure and grouped the works in some way but I left the potential owner of the ‘book’ the freedom to regroup (or maybe add some other works) - hence the blank labels on the cover of each chapter/folder.
I think the element of surprise and the tactile qualities are a big advantage but I don't like the fact that the whole object recall the folder with documents. I know what to do next though. I think I will try to do more conventional publication but with some elements from the current version. The traditionally composed pages will contain photographs, text, some non-photographic images and other graphical elements but there will be a couple of sections with loose photographs hidden in the holders/envelopes. Looking forward to it.
Now when I put my own hands on this form of expression I really respect any publication and truly admire the good ones. I own a couple of interesting photobooks but I'd really love to attend some photobook fairs or festivals to see more...and learn.
There is one publication I really admire (same as the rest of the world) and hope I will buy my own copy one day. It is Afronauts by Cristina de Middel. It looks wonderful. It's interesting and beautiful and the form is actually not very unique. The content is, and that's what matters.