Friday, 23 June 2017

Photo Journaling Week 6

Time to consider getting the pictures into the photo journal. This maybe be the most time consuming aspect of your set up. The good news is that, when you have got it sorted, then you can just leave it ticking away in the background.

A reminder: My aim - to create a picture a day with around 40 words of handwritten text, for 365 consecutive days.

The format: pocket notebook sized Moleskine Cahier to hold a month of pages. Each page is 90 x 140 cm.

The strategy: to reproduce the photographs and stick them in the pages with no need for glue, scissors, guillotine or individually measuring each one.

The tactic: sheets of self adhesive address labels printed with standard computer software.
Two sizes: Same Idea

With so many options of computer program, printer and scanner it is impossible to describe them all here. To give you an idea, here is how I reproduce my chosen photographs on self adhesive address labels.

It is worth noting that it is OK to accept a slightly lower quality compared with usual photo printing stock which would add too much weight to the individual pages.

  In Word 2010:

Open new blank document A4

Select 'mailings' from menu
Select 'labels' from menu
Choose label size
Select 'Full page of same label'
Select 'New document'
Blank template of labels should appear
Cursor to first blank label
Click 'insert'
Click on selected picture
Move cursor to next blank label and repeat
When all labels have a picture, print sheet

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Happy Margate Beaches

 This accolade for my home beach is well deserved.

Of course, beaches for blokes are best when shared with an attractive companion.  If you don't have a good girl, then maybe take a good book about a bad one?

And wear sun screen.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Photo happenstance and stupidity

 Sorrento 2015.

Mid morning coffee break. 

Front door to main road. Back door on to the narrow street where a passing tourist guide leads her flock. They take less than a minute to pass by.

Like frames from an old movie. I make mono prints, put them in an album. 


Deleted memory card. 

Yesterday revisited the album. Scolded self for not storing original images or negatives.

Scanned prints for this post. Still enjoy despite loss of sharpness.

It took two years for me to appreciate the original idea of these happenstance shots made with a £10 pocket camera.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 18 June 2017


Canon IXUS 70 pocket camera from across the  room with added foggy frame effect
No flash - just yesterday's super sunshine streaming and beaming in Margate

Friday, 16 June 2017

Photo Journaling Week 5

Welcome back!

If you are new here, you should find the earlier articles on each of the last four Fridays.

Time to reveal my modus-operandii for my current 365 day photo journaling project.

Once I had decided on my format ... 3.5" x 5.5" ruled Moleskine Cahier Notebook ... I took a blank page, then, after trying several sizes, decided that my photos would be around 65 cm x 72cm and that the lower half of the page would be for words which might, or might not, be relevant to the subject of the photograph.

One of the reasons that many well intentioned photo journals miss making it beyond the first few days is that it is a task too far to make every photo match the words, or vice-versa.

Another reason is that the word quota is just too high. My dummy planning page was written in my normal every day writing and gave a rough count of 40 words per day or per page.Easily achievable!

If your eyesight is keen enough, you may decipher my scribbles in the picture panel above to see that I worked out a kind of target of around 14,600 words in a year, equivalent to around 58 pages of an A5 book. How many would I have written without this project? How much fun would I have missed?

Whilst typing this I had a notion to do a similar test using a larger page size for a totally different project, so if you'll excuse me [and even if you don't] I'll leave you here, for now.

Next Friday, a spot of trial and error. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


A good read for when you are in a mellow mood.

Probably even better for a long winter evening, but it just came my way and is already destined for a charity shop, so that's why it is here.

I was in New York a few weeks after the 9-11 Twin Towers atrocity. We felt it would be too much for us to visit the Twin Towers site because we were so moved by the roadside shrines and the one in St Patrick's when we went to Mass.

Phyllis writes about her memories of the horror being unveiled. It's not a long piece but I think it is good. That's why I have copied it here.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Photo Journaling Week 4

Instead of prattling on more about all the choices and options available for your photo journal project, I shall cut to the chase and describe my own 365 Day Project.

I came across the format almost by chance. As I was growing up, my father subscribed to a series of booklets about a self improvement technique known as Pelmanism. These little grey covered paperbacks were probably as near in size to Field Notes Brand notebooks of today. A similar format featured in the five years of my secondary school life as we learned questions and answers by heart from The Penny Catechism.

When I started this thread of posts a month ago, I was working on a book that would fit ideally into this 3.5" x 5.5" 48 page format. 

Then I discovered that, whilst there are hundreds of options for blank pocket notebooks , there are very few companies prepared to print books of that size, so I started playing with the idea of reverting to genuine home table-top publishing ... just as we did in the old days before home computers, using paper, scissors, glue and a photocopier to produce a 'zine'.

And so to my far.

My format would be Field Notes size, but not that actual brand. Instead I would use Moleskine Small Cahier Notebooks for four reasons; they are half the price, they are stitched instead of stapled - hence no rust problems, the last few sheets are finely perforated so that they can be removed without damaging the rest of the book and finally, there is a handy storage flap pocket inside the back cover.

Whilst reading a photo blog by Eric Kim I discovered his own self published booklets in Field Notes format. They are easily pocket-able, enforce succinct writing, can accept photographs and are easy to archive in minimum space.

As for actually getting the words and pictures on to the pages ... you'll have to wait another week for these revelations I am afraid.

Thanks for being here.