For someone who takes far too many photographs, it might come as no surprise that I am absolutely useless at archiving them properly.
My son suffers with “second child syndrome” only in as far as his big sister’s baby album is complete, but his photos have been shoved to the back in the hope of a spare day or two to sort them out…
We have empty albums on the bookshelf, whilst our wedding pictures intended for them languish in a big metal trunk my husband inherited from his grandfather – this December we will have been married for ten years!… And I am actually surprised that I’m at least up to Denmark in as far as big family albums go.
So, when I went to Sarajevo back in May, and my friend forgot her camera and assigned me “official photographer”, I had every intention that she would go on to receive any and all photographs in my collection, I just didn’t know when. Luckily for her, some six months later Albelli got in touch to ask me whether I would like to review one of their photo books* and I will admit that the phrase “two birds, one stone” popped straight into my head.
There’s something so nice about an actual book that’s full of your own work – especially when it’s been so easy to put together (and believe me I have several unfinished photo books in the depths of my computer’s memory that were either too convoluted, or time-consuming (or both) to finish)!
I was impressed with the quality and happy with the result (apart from where I had forgotten to take my watermark off the pictures here and there, but I have nobody to blame for that but myself, and my friend didn’t actually even notice anyway) – and as my family had a fine art printing business for many years, I have quite high standards when it comes to such things believe me!
Albelli had asked me whether I would have a special look at the pre-designed options for this photo book, but I didn’t feel like the Modern City Trip Theme I started off with lent itself to Saravejo particularly, and as I was now hellbent on this being the book’s subject, I had to make some changes half way through. It would however have work perfectly for Tokyo, and I am in the process of making up another book in that theme for that very purpose. One album down, 50,000 to go!
*Albelli provided me with one free photo book for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own entirely.