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I’ve started working on a book for my Testify photographs. I’ll confess I don’t have a clue as to what I’m doing, but I’m having fun. That counts for something, right?

Several months ago, I bought a BLACK PINE saddle-stitched journal (it measures 7.5″ x 9.5″). I didn’t really have a plan for it at the time, so I put it on my bookshelf and forgot about it. Over the last few weeks, I created a new edit of the Testify work and posted 60 images on my portfolio site. I didn’t spend a great deal of time sequencing the images online, but I wanted to get them out there, to get some feedback, to see how they worked together, if at all.

I decided to make some cheap 4″ x 6″ prints (laid out on my dining room table below) to see the work as a whole and some place other than a screen. I remembered I had the BLACK PINE journal and, after checking, there were exactly 30 blank pages and 60 prints. After a couple of evenings and a roll of two-sided tape, I put together the first book of the work.


Over the next few months, I’ll be working on a PDF layout of the work as well writing the text for the book. If there’s any interest, perhaps I’ll put out a zine. I really like what Michael Friberg‘s done here. (I can’t wait to get mine in the mail.)

Thanks for looking.

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3 Responses to Testify

  1. This is inspiring indeed Roger – there is just something about making books that gets the creative juices flowing. So, keep going – please! :)

  2. [...] books, but have not done it nearly as much as I should. So when I recently saw Roger May’s blog post where here talks about making his own book, my ears perked up. Then I ran across a posting about [...]

  3. Making a photo book, with our own hands is such a special process full of emotion which each photographer should try! and it ‘s always the beginning of a greater story…

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