Now that my classes are finished for the year I am able to go back to thinking about making books. I plan to work on two of them at once: if I get stuck on one, I can work on the other. I want to make a tunnel book and a book about my grandmother, Charna Rieger. I’ve been thinking about both of these for some time. When you make a book one of the first things you have to do is choose a size for the book. The first book I made was six inches high by eleven inches wide. It was not a good size; the binding is awkward. The tunnel book is easy. It will be the size I want to make the photographs. The subject is the fountain at the David Lawrence Convention Center,
and there will be no additional text. My grandmother’s book is more difficult. I find myself very drawn to that very wide shape, an almost two to one ratio. This morning, in the shower, I finally figured out what was going on. (I get my best, or deepest ideas in the shower or driving.) That two to one ratio gave me space for a nice size photograph and room for text. It’s not the same as a 35mm slide, but it feels like it. And I’ve spent years working with slides.
Now that I know, I should be free to pick a different size for my grandmother’s book, something more suitable to what I am doing.