This blog brings all the pieces that were discussed in previous blogs on this topic together. First, I discussed the photo book platform Blurb, followed by a discussion about the role of (Graphical) Design and Storytelling with pictures. Now, I show you how I implemented these ideas in Blurb using Lightroom.
Based on what I learned about telling a story with pictures I decided to have another look at the pictures I took. Just looking at the ones that were accepted by Dreamstime would lead to a boring story. I decided to focus on a stroll my family made along Rio Paria in Huaraz in Peru. The pictures I took during this walk were of the type Street Photography. They show the river and the people around it doing their regular activities, telling the story of daily rural life in Peru.
The story with pictures takes you along various activities nearby the river. They are representative for many rural areas. These activities consist of:
- Transport Peru is an enormous country with few airports and railway station because of the Andes, so most transportation is done by bus or truck.
- Construction Most buildings are continuously under construction. So, everywhere you find places where they make clay bricks.
- Playing Children play everywhere, both in playgrounds and on dirt roads.
- Gardening Peruvians are very fond of flowers and green grass, even though in the desert climate along the coast this requires a lot of effort.
- Washing clothes Clothes need to be washed even if you don’t have running water at home.
In the two PDFs at the bottom you see the resulting Blurb photo book: the first one is the cover (front and rear) and the second one is the content of the photo book. As you can see, I chose a simple graphical design: white background, all pictures white framed, few pictures per page. Hope you enjoy it. Please let me know whether you enjoyed My photo book project.
For me this is just a first step to create a photo book of my last trip to Peru. The walk along Rio Paria will be just a section in the chapter Huaraz, which will also include my Dreamstime pictures.
After finishing this blog, I will continue working on my photo book of Peru. Here you may find the latest version.