Friday, 3 February 2017

Photo Journaling 101 aka Analogue Blogging


Last week's memory journals/notebooks quickly morphed into "rapid photoalbums"–  "rapid", because compared to other, still empty albums, which I had sitting on the shelf for years, this goes really fast. Japan (2007!),  Cuba (2001!!) - untouched albums! The photo piles are neatly stacked and  sit next to empty albums. Well.

Why not put photos on paper on a(n almost) daily basis?

I noticed that many photos have a story to tell. Who is going to tell the story, if not me?

Besides the photos that need the story behind the moment, there are many unspectacular stories,  small anecdotes, nevertheless, they often make my day.
Now those small stories have the chance to become memories, thanks to the photo that pictures the moment. The photos "pin" small moment to my long-term memory.

I remember my great-aunt looking at a family-portrait from her childhood. She was 99 years old and was suffering from dementia. Holding the wooden frame in her hands, looking at the photo, her mood changed in an instant. She smiled. She was happy.

Ok, it is probably not the main purpose of my new hobby, to create a pile of "Happy moments for possible future deseases". Speaking of purpose: Is there any purpose at all? Maybe just "happy moments for today".

Sounds better. :-)

Now enough with the talking, let me walk you through the process of photo journaling:

This is the set-up:
One month = one notebook. The month of January comes with a winter landscape on the cover

Next to me sits the Canon Selphy photo printer:
It takes 40sec for a moment to become a memory.
It's playful, soooo playful ...
I can do whatever I want to. I arrange, combine and smile. A lot. (I guess this pretty much nails my understanding of "playing")

First steps into the world** of those colourful Washi Tapes:
Seriously? Yes! Finally!! The January Cure makes it into the Photo Journal

How popular is photo journaling?

I could find numerous videos and blogs on Traveller's Journals/Midoris, bullet journaling and art journals (those journals which come with lots of watercolour on curly notebook pages), but there almost hardly any blogs/videos on "Photo Journaling" out there. 

Carrying a journalist-gen I love going into depth, exploring recently unknown topcis, to compare and also to look at the background that comes with most stories. Recommendations are very welcome!

Can you recommend some blogs/vlogs on photo journaling? I am curious to hear about them.
Wait ... photo journal  .... journalist....  Ha! This all adds up.  :-D


* The innocent world of Washi Tapes has the potential of becoming a "Universe of Japanese kawaii-ness full existing of al kind of paper craft supplies. You have been warned

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Analogue Blogging aka Memory Journaling

New year, new passion? 

Hello dear readers!

I am busy (yes, again), designing the foundation for future memories and it comes with a lot of paper. Nice paper of all kinds, countries, weights and colours. A playful, recently revived passion of mine. As far as I can remember, paper always brought joy. (*)

(*) The only time it did not bring a lot of joy was duing our hike to an acient paper mill in the middle of France on a hot summer day. We really did earn that visit. Lasting memories. 

Paper from Italy and England, companies with a long tradtion, dating back 200 years and more
 Playing around with various types of paper and  - also important - finding the favourite proportion.
Trimming notebooks to a preferred proportion

Approaching the right proportion. Which proportions do I enjoy? What proportions feels good in my hands? Which one is nice to look at?
The blue notebook to the left has a fine proportion for text & photos and allows a good amount of unused space on the pages. Inspiration: SZ DVD Edition. The grey notebook to the right has (almost) the proportion of the popular "Midori Traveller's Notebook". (the width of the Midori notebook measures ca +3mm)
Very much to my surprise the Midori-width is almost the Suhrkamp's pocketbook-width. Those pocketbooks do seem small, but they do hold a lot of words. Those books are a 20th century design icon. But with a width of 11cm, any 10cm-wide photos is likely to cram a page. I will stick with the proportion of the blue notebook. For now. :-)

Here I have been playing around with the trimming: flush trimming, overlapping covers ...

Now that I have build the foundation, I can move on to the next step, which is every bit as entertaining as the first one was: printing memories.

I will keep you posted!


Tuesday, 10 January 2017



You remember the view over Vienna? Well this time it's all muted pastells:

And it was cooler. Way cooler. Freezing cold. It has been freezing cold for almost a week. We call this time of the year "Hochwinter" - midwinter.

This snow that is meant to last for a few days (not something we can take for granted in Vienna. Usually snow thaws immediately after the snowfall in Vienna.

Well, this year does start mono-thematic. It's the Lainzer Tiergarten. Again.

I can't help myself: these surroundings are just too good and need to be shared.

Our walking route was exactly the same one we did choose a week ago, only this time it looked ... different.

The Trees are wearing tiny snow blankets and the visitors visibly changed their appearance as well:

 Mountain gear in the city. Because we can. haha. 

We started late in the afternoon - late in terms of midwinter - past 2pm. Ouch. Gates close at 5pm. We made it, in time. Mostly because I spent only little taking photos. Not much time for proper tree watching. A quick glance to the left and a look to the right. Check!

When trees become bending roads. I like this shot!

Me, tree-scouting
There is something wonderful about those heavy grey skies above Vienna during midwinter. They look really heavy, like lead.

 Carl Moll captured the typical heavy winter sky on a late afternoon beautifully over 100 years ago:
Carl Moll: "Belvedere in Winter" colour woodcut, 1903 as seen at the ALBERTINA (exhibition ends 15 Jan 2017)

There is not much going on in todays photos. It is quiet, coppice, trees and most of the animals who live in the woods take a rest while we walk ....

 .. and walk ....

...enjoying scenic views while we walk, all the way through l'Heure Bleu.

It's fascinating, HOW blue the light gets. You won't see the Bleue as clearly while being are out there. Our brains somehow filter those nuances. But the photos (out of camera) show them clearly:

This is where Vienna ends and Lower Austria begins.

.... until the moon finally lead us towards the closing gate, 5 to 5.

The park is now closed for good, until 4 Feb (only a small part will be open to public).Those days around Christmas and New Year are special, because the park administration lets us in and allows us to disturb the rest the animals need during midwinter.

Can you tell, I DO love this city.

Stay warm :-)