Header Image taken by Corinna Krause, Sollas Books

I had a catch-up meeting with the bookbinder based in North Uist, Corinna Krause from Sollas Books (https://www.sollasbooks.com/), who is producing the handmade Artist’s book for my PhD.  I have done a lot of thinking about the rationale, format, paper surfaces and covers over the past few weeks since I submitted the second draft of my thesis.  I have previously posted as follows:



This is a summary of my thinking to date produced here as an aide memoire:


Meditations on Being

Reflections on Being

Ode to Loch Cill Chriosd


  • A quiet and modest presentation that reflects my photography style and voice
  • A simple, authentic, and reflective presentation
  • The format allows the viewer to dwell in, and with, the image
  • Being often resides in the small details of my images hence the large format
  • The concertina format was dismissed because my work is about individual images rather than a series

Size and Scale

  • Either A2 portrait (42 x 59cm)
  • Or 41×51.25 which leaves less white space around the image – providing the viewer with a boundary in which to dwell
  • Images need to be offset to account for the stitching


  • German Etching (310gsm)
  • William Turner (310gsm)
  • Photo Rag (308gsm)

Notes:  Bookbinder is able to produce a “deckled edge” – send samples of potential papers for her to consider and experiment on

Bookbinder can work with A2 cut down to the reduced size as necessary


  • Stitched Coptic bound book (five hole)
  • Image printed onto paper or canvas for cover
  • Leather cover – not sure whether this is an option


  • Title page
  • My introduction to my work
  • 3 parts to the book:  Reeds, Trees, Water lilies
  • 25-30 images
  • Flow – quiet and no surprises


  • This will depend on the intended submission date
  • Printing mid to late May (2 copies of each print)
  • 12/15 June – workshop and completion of one book (if possible)
  • The second book is to be delivered thereafter


  1. send sample photographic papers to the bookbinder
  2. source canvas printer
  3. provide canvas prints with plenty of spares – dimensions of material need to provide for turn in (43cm wide x 53.25cm high)
  4. provide tissue paper if canvas chosen
  5. provide completed canvas print to the bookbinder in May

I have a meeting with my supervisors next week when I will be able to discuss my plans along with considering some of the printed images.


Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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