I love photo albums. Have you got many? I don’t really have much. My early childhood images are in Seoul and I haven’t actually seen them for over 20 years.
One album I have with me here in Perth is my wedding album from 1997 (ah yes I married young). That album was part of some expensive wedding package. It is made with a hefty leather binding, really thick boards covered with formal wedding photos. It is so heavy that I cannot carry with one hand – I dare say it could be heavier than the wine ‘list’ from La Tour D’Argent. I don’t actually know where it’s stored.. perhaps somewhere in the shed?
I’ve done a number of wedding shoots lately. What I like about weddings is that I get to make wedding albums at the end of the process. Modern albums in the 21st century are not ‘bound’ to the old formula – leather, silver and gold trimmings, massively heavy and expensive materials, something that you can only have one made. So precious that it can only come out of its case once in a blue moon. Other times it’s stored away (or tragically forgotten in my case).
I don’t like that idea. What I like to do is making something more portable. Say a little smaller than A4 landscape format, nice image wrap or dust jacketed professional linen cover with pro-grade matt stock for printing. That is what I made and gave to my friends from their destination wedding in Thailand. I made an album for them right after the wedding but this is a much better and upgraded version specially put together for their birthdays this month.
It’s great seeing surprised and happy faces when I give albums to people. The kind of album I make is a lovely thing. But it’s not too precious (not something you need to wear gloves to touch). It is something one can leave as a coffee table book. If it gets dirty I can order another one online and get it delivered. Yes, welcome to the new world where a wedding album can mingle with other coffee table books.