Cre­ative pre­sen­ta­tion Show your pho­tos as a book

Alexan­dra Leth­bridge re­veals how she put her own cre­ative spin on pre­sent­ing her space-themed photo se­ries

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When you’ve worked hard on a photo se­ries, you can present it in an on­line col­lec­tion, as a tra­di­tional ex­hi­bi­tion – or in a dif­fer­ent

way. Pre­sent­ing im­ages in book form adds a layer of cre­ativ­ity to the process that can help you to stand out. Un­like an am­a­teur photo al­bum-style of photo book, you can weave a nar­ra­tive through the col­lec­tion that draws view­ers in. My book is based on me­te­orites and the places they come from. The project fol­lows a fic­tional hunter’s search for these me­te­orites. I com­pleted my se­ries The Me­te­orite

Hunter as both an ex­hi­bi­tion and a photo book. I make the dis­tinc­tion be­cause for me, they func­tion dif­fer­ently. I show the se­ries as an ex­hi­bi­tion, each time re­design­ing it to fit dif­fer­ent spa­ces. While the hunter idea came later, I’d al­ways thought the project would be­come a book. I love photo books, but I don’t be­lieve all projects should be books just for the sake of it. There has to be a rea­son the work needs to ex­ist as a book.

You can change the pac­ing of the pho­to­graphs through the book pages, slow­ing peo­ple down where you want them to spend longer. I used dif­fer­ent kinds of paper – in­clud­ing trac­ing paper as well as a thicker stock – to cre­ate places where you could see through some pages and not oth­ers, of­ten cre­at­ing in­trigu­ing ef­fects by lay­er­ing pho­tos. I bound the book us­ing Ja­panese stitch­bind­ing, as this al­lowed me to de­sign the whole book in sin­gle pages at a time. Tra­di­tional book bind­ing, which most on­line photo book pub­lish­ers of­fer, means de­sign­ing pages in sets of four.

The process of self-pub­lish­ing was a learn­ing curve, but I would rec­om­mend it to any­one think­ing about it. It takes time and ef­fort, but it’s ex­tremely worth­while if you can do it. Af­ter pub­lish­ing the book, I en­tered it into the Paris Photo Aper­ture Foun­da­tion First Photo Book Award, and was de­lighted to be short­listed. I’m soon to start on a new book. I love this part of the process: the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.

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