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I 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 occupation.

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.

Front cover detail.

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.

I - a photobook by Greig Clifford
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 feedback.

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.
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 photos above).

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.
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.
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.

Paper edge and back cover fold detail.
Back of front cover (lining page) and front cover fold detail.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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, instagram, or twitter.

For a list of images in the book have a look here.



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