Creating your own photobook: From the image selection to the final product

In the following post, you will gain more insight into my book creation process from the point of image selection all the way to the finished publication. For exemplary purposes, I used my latest project “Black Gold“ to obtain reference images. To create the book files I am using Adobe inDesign.

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The first step, after the photographs have been shot, processed, and roughly selected, is to make digital prints in kind of a contact sheet form. These sheets are then examined and keepers / non-keepers get marked accordingly.

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After this step, the photographs that made it so far are printed out, and then laid out on the floor or put on a big wall using tape. This is the part of the process is key to find a first working sequence of the individual works. Additionally, at this point I highly suggest to have the concept of the book clear in mind, as the sequence will decisively influence the (visual) story. In summary, don’t take this step light-hearted but make sure to always just do what, in a way, “feels“ right in regard to the sequence.

The next task is to print the images out in this order and build a first book dummy. Typically, I use those large clippers and number my sheets (i.e., number of the sheet and date). After (numerous) different sequences and possibilities of photographs included, it is time to create the first dummy that is in closer resemblance to a book. Here, I start out with paper clips to be able to clip the printed sheets together and to remain flexible in terms of being able to take out / insert sheets at any given point.

This is, explained in a brief manner, the outline of my process of creating book dummies and evaluating various options.

Copies of "Black Gold" are available through the wasteoffilm shop.


"Black Gold" Exhibition Opening / Book Release

Last Saturday my new solo-exhibition "Black Gold" opened and the book was released. In this post, I have compiled more information of the book itself and the exhibition as well as actual photographs of the exhibition.


Exhibition Opening


The exhibition is currently up and running until the 21st of April at Wonderland Creative Studios (Mo-Sa 10am-6pm, closed on national holidays). The exhibition displays a total of 24 images from my new book "Black Gold" in various formats. 


Prints, books, and postcards are available directly for purchase at the Gallery, for more information on prints and prices feel free to contact me directly through: (worldwide shipping is possible). 



Project Statement "Black Gold"

Dubai - a metropolis that has reached worldwide acclaim for especially one thing: skyscrapers. It appears to be the model of a city of the future, in which on the one hand one cannot escape a constant astonishment, but on the other hand is left with a perplex feeling and an extinguished sense of belonging. Almost nothing evokes the memory of an oriental city in the desert that used to offer an unique allurement through its markets and compatriots. Even though, exactly these authentic and real life places are what globalization makes many of us yearn after. Dubai is a city that has, on the surface, distanced itself from its roots, and is a city in which the remains of the oil-boom during the twentieth century vanish. In between the hundreds of meter high skyscrapers, the foundation of this wealth, the so called black gold, is hard to surmise. In contrast, the district that represents the origin of this metropolis made of glass still vividly embodies the past with its mosques and spice markets.

My fifth book Black Gold aims to establish exactly this awareness for the heritage of Dubai in the viewer’s mind. It is a glance behind a perfectly polished city, into the heart of the fishermen and market criers. An attempt, besides all of the anonymity and fast-paced live we are all faced with, to open the eyes for all that otherwise slides into oblivion.


"Black Gold" Book


The new book "Black Gold" is now available directly through the gallery or also for online purchase through the wasteoffilm shop. You will find more information and photographs from the book on the project page. It features 27 images on 46 pages; all books are signed, the first 25 copies are additionally numbered.

Use code "RELEASE" at checkout to receive free worldwide shipping on all orders. The offer is only valid until the 20th of March.


Postcards from all of my projects are also newly available now here.


 "Dubai at night" from the new book "Black Gold"

"Dubai at night" from the new book "Black Gold"

#wasteoffilm: Weekly Favorites (05/2018)

Once again, I am happy to present this week's selection of images tagged with #wasteoffilm. There are so many amazing images entered each and every week, and I am always thrilled to find out about all of the great photographers out there. Hope you enjoy this week's images as much as I do; the photographers are all tagged.

How can you enter your images? All you have to do is to tag your images shot on film with #wasteoffilm, and I will pick my favorite images and display these five in the following week. The weekly feature will be on hold until the 1st of April.



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