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Lately we’ve been seeing lots of cheap (and free!) books around town.
Sure, some of those books might be filled with boring old words, but after some careful investigation, we’ve also discovered that many of these books are full of fantastic photos!
So we wondered: How often do super great photos go unnoticed just because they’re tucked away inside of books?
If there’s photo injustice anywhere, we’re hot on the case.
Naturally, we found a way to flip photo injustice around on itself.
Ready? Get your (so called) “junky” books out (and put away your most treasured texts), we’re gonna teach ya…
What you’ll need:
Step 1: Finding the Perfect Book:
Photography books can be hard to find, especially for free or very low prices.
Picking a book on one of your favorite subjects or locations is a sure way to get a book with images you’ll really connect with.
We picked The Incredible Machine, a book about the human body. (It was only 50 cents at a local thrift store!)
Step 2: Rip Out Every Page You Like.
You have our permission to rip your book up!
Page through your book, and remove every image that catches your eye right away.
Don’t worry about whether they’ll be perfect or not, just cut out any image that catches your attention!
Step 3: Pick your top images.
Go through your grouping of photos, deciding which ones you’d want to display and which you’d rather leave behind.
When you choose the images you think you might want to display, use a papercutter or your scissors to cut off the excess text, blank space, and other nearby photos on the page.
Step 4: Narrow down your selection
From there you can start to see similarities in certain groups of photos, which can help you pick which ones will be best to display on your wall!
(We were surprised that we used a book about the human body and still found that most of the photos we chose were related to technology and photography! :P)
If you’re not sure how many is too many, try narrowing your show down to 40 images total and go from there. (If you’re curating a gallery on flickr, the maximum is 18 – perhaps a magical curatorial number?)
Step 5: get ready to hang the show!
For our example, we used Fotoclips and thumb tacks, which made things super easy (and nice to look at, too!)
You might want to try hanging your photos with plain clear tape or artists tape, sticky putty, some cute mini-hanger photo clips, string, or just about any kind of clip.. even clothespins!
Step 6: Enjoy and change often!
Invite your friends over for some wine, cheese, and photo appreciation.
Try leaving the remains of your book nearby with some scissors to get some collaborative curating happening!
You might want to suggest everyone get together for a magazine photo swap, or invite your friends to submit their own artwork the second time around!
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