feel there are points in life suited for moments of reflection, times
to take stock, to acknowledge any progress and achievements, to learn
from the adversities, and to set new goals for the future. This year
(2020) marks ten years since I decided to pursue photography as a serious
Since 2010, the world of music has given me many opportunities to practice
my photography and fortunately I've seen my work published on album
and EP covers, within the pages of national print magazines, and many
many online publications. More recently I decided to double my efforts
and pursue a career outside the music world too, following my love for
creating artistic street and fine art photography... as these web pages
show. I've had some initial success... including some print sales, and
having my first image chosen for a gallery exhibition.
And so, as Covid-19 wracks the globe, and the music world goes on an
enforced hiatus (taking my music photography career with it), now would
seem like a good time to mark my development so far, and look towards
continuing to build on it for the future... With that in mind I would
like to introduce my first photobook... I.
I sometimes find it difficult to title my images in a meaningful way...
and a photobook is no easier! I do like the fun of alternative meanings...
in this case " I
", as a Roman numeral meaning "one" (to indicate the
first book); as a sound-play on "eye" (the photographer's
eye or camera lens); and also in the first person sense of " I
", because all these photos contained in the book are very personal
to me and hold a little part of my character within them.
Therefore this collection of images is special to me... seventy one
images that I am particularly pleased with and proud to have created.
I believe they are representative of how I see my artistic style, particularly
in a compositional way, and show a broad view of my photographic journey
so far... including a few hints towards my music work. In general, though,
the images are mainly aesthetic slices of life as I saw it. Most of
the images are listed on the archive page
available to buy as signed prints, but not all. Some images are exclusive
to this book only.
GREIG CLIFFORD - I
Obviously I wanted the first photobook of my work to be a significant
product, with a production quality to match how significant the images
were to me. I spent some weeks researching various photobook makers...
and there are some great companies out there but one name in particular
stood out, Saal.
A trusted photographer acquaintance had used them before and I knew
they were happy with the quality and service. When I discovered they
were promoting a new line of photobooks and were seeking photographers
I decided to approach them. To my great pleasure I received a code to
create my book from their handmade Professional line in return for honest
They say a picture speaks a thousand words so I decided to try to show
here the kind of details that are only seen under close inspection.
Spine and binding detail.
I chose a black leatherette cover for its timeless feel, although there
were many surface textures and colour choices including linen and a
clear acrylic option (4mm thick over an image underneath). The leatherette
cover can be printed on directly with text (as shown in the first two
I was impressed with the binding, very neat and tidy, with no glue smudges.
The cover is designed in the traditional way so that it can be fully
opened without pulling at the pages at all. Unlike some photobooks the
spine is not attached to the binding so it is a product that should
resist many years of use.
Spine, binding and page texture detail.
Saal offer a number of paper choices for the pages including glossy
photographic and matte art paper. I chose matte photographic paper which
has a typical texture pattern that prevents fingerprints from showing,
and a slight shine much like that of Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth
Pearl, or Fujicolor Crystal Archive Lustre. The base tone with this
paper type is a very natural white. The pages are heavyweight too so
will not crease unless forced to.
Paper edge and back cover fold detail.
The pages are trimmed neatly as a solid block and the leatherette covering
is perfectly finished too with beautifully folded corners. Everything
one would expect from a premium product.
Back of front cover (lining page) and front cover fold
I decided to colour the pages that line the front and back covers black
to match the leatherette, their opposite pages the same...
Front cover lining page and first page proper.
If any photographers are reading this considering creating their own
photobook then each page can be individually designed using programs
such as InDesign or Photoshop (exact dimensions and ICC profiles for
most of the popular ones can be found on the Saal website) but I used
Saal's tailor made software which was free to download, quick and very
simple to use. As you experiment with different options the cost changes
accordingly (shown on screen the whole time) so you always know when
you are reaching your budget.
Page shine and texture detail.
Text can be positioned anywhere on the page using text boxes and there
were many effects possible - box shadows, etc. There are a good selection
of fonts and I believe the software allows for importing any specific
ones not included too. I kept things simple deciding to put a thin border
around each image with just the title and year created written underneath.
I created templates for alternative page layouts so each page followed
a similar style.
Page print detail.
The dimensions of this book are 21cm x 21cm but Saal offer a variety
of sizes. I included 71 images over 74 pages in total and although I
chose to keep the images within in each page I was tempted initially
to spread the occasional image across two pages which can be easily
done. The pages will open out fully and there are no staples or any
stitching so the format would seem good for large panoramas.
Page layout detail.
This book is available to purchase direct from myself - offers are invited.
No more than three of these will be created. If interested, please message
me using the info address at the top of this web page, or via facebook,
For a list of images in the book have a look here.
© GREIG CLIFFORD.
ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT LAWS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.