Japanese Stab Binding

Whilst talking through my ideas for Assignment 2, my tutor recommended Japanese stab binding as a way of producing a book for my photographs. This idea really appealed to me, however it was something I had overlooked previously, due to the numerous online tools for creating photo books. It had never occurred to me that I could make my own. 

Online publishers, such as Blurb, make it very convenient and obvious to use them, especially when they have plugins for software such as Adobe Lightroom. However, now that I want to include acetate pages in my book, I will need to make it myself. 

My tutor had suggested Japanese stab binding.  I had never heard of it before. After researching more about it online, I liked the bespoke nature of the finished product. It gave the book a ‘one-off’ feel, rather than one made using an online publisher.  

There are a number of Japanese stab binding video guides, such as the one below. I watched a few of them, to get a good idea of what the method involved.  

After watching the videos, it appears to be quite a simple process. It is something that I want to try for this assignment. 

A slightly different approach.

During the summer holiday, I have had time and space to think more about my route through this course. In previous courses I have systematically worked my way through my course file. This approach meant that I didn't always have the time or opportunity to develop my ideas at a greater depth. However, this time around I have several ideas about different points in the course, which are continually developing. With so many different ideas whizzing around, I thought it best to jot some of them here, before I forget them!

Assignment 1

It has taken me a while to decide on a theme for this task. It is quite open ended, which creates an almost infinite amount of possibilities. After looking at the work of John Stezaker, I would like to follow that line of enquiry, as mentioned in the assignment guidance. 

At the moment, there is a lot of upheaval in the world of politics. At home. Theresa May has clung on to power, whilst Trump and Macron have been elected to the top job, without any prior political experience. These are uncertain times at the moment, involving unpredictable personalities. Therefore, I have decided to combine the faces of political adversaries for part 1. 

For part 2, I would like to try something more closer to home.

Assignment 2 

My initial idea was to collate photographs of people ignoring others, unaware o their surroundings, whilst using their digital devices. This is a very current issue at the moment. One idea is to blur the area surrounding the person preoccupied with their handheld device. Now that I've had time to think about this further, I would like to hide QR codes within the images. When scanned, the viewer would then be able to see the full image clearly. This will present some technical challenges for me, but  by thinking ahead, I have enough time to try to work it out.

Assignment 3 

There are a choice of questions for the critical review. At the moment, I would like to explore the issue about the 'digital self', so that this helps me to develop my understanding of digital identity. I am wondering if I can refine the question further to focus specifically on selfies. 

I plan to expand on these ideas further in future blog posts.