Sequencing a photobook.

Sequencing a photobook/making a brownie.

  • We need the right ingredients to make a brownie – but we also need to know the recipe (structure of how to do it, a sequence of events).
  • Same with a photobook: bad images, not so good images, great images, blank pages, rhythm, image captions, motif, front cover, back cover, narrative structure, a great concept.
  • Optional ingredients for a brownie, how do we know if we’re going to include them?
  • Constantly checked, tested and reviewed.
  • “Sequencing the photobook is not a science, it’s an art. It’s like making an abstract painting, a matter of initiative trail and error. But remember that the intuition of a good artist is a most powerful, a most intelligent and a frequently underrated tool”.
  • Read photobooks, read books, watch films.
  • Narrative structure, rhythm, flow, pairings, text, rests, motifs, practical guide.
  • Narrative: flat – a portfolio between covers? Asthetics rather than concept, a flat narrative. Arc – a story arc, used in soaps, films, novels.
  •  Theory of narrative equilibrium: equilibrium, a disruption o the equilibrium, recognition of this disruption, an attempt to restore the equilibrium and a restored/new equilibrium (Tzvetan Todorov).
  • Cluster sequence: common in photobooks as allows the arc to be split up or allows different themes/options to be explored in different chapters of a book. Ideal for big subjects.
  • Scatter – should be easy to read. No work for the audience to do, can sit back and enjoy. However should challenge, ask questions. Subtle pairings of images or aesthetic themes running through the book. May be a piece of text linking it together, something keeping us on the right track. Have to make the connections ourselves.
  • Pairings: essential for the reading of a photobook. “Narrative, as we have seen, is not confined to written text: one image next to another sets up a metonymic chain, the ‘reader’ carrying some memory of an earler image” – Stephen bury.
  • Make connections between images we are seeing.
  • Rhythm/flow: trying to create the experience of reading. Should have a pace.
  • Motifs: something that is recurring, something to remind us of where we’re going and to keep us on the right track.
  • Text: something a little bit deeper. Shouldn’t be using it for the sake of using it. Additional information changes our understanding.
  • What am I doing? What is my message? Who am I targeting?
  • Collect all the info you have and get into one location to see the bigger picture.
  • What sort of structure will be appropriate for your piece?
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~ by victoriasimkissphotography on February 24, 2013.

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