Tag Archives: photography

Joburg Journals

This is a very cool notebook story. In Johannesburg, South Africa, a photographer started a community project at a shelter for former street kids. He gave them disposable cameras, taught them about photography and exhibited their work. In order to make the project sustainable and help the kids earn some income, they set up an online shop selling logowear and products featuring the kids’ photography, including these notebooks:

Check it out at: iwasshot in joburg 🙂 – Journals


Chefs’ Notebooks Photographed by Jeff Scott

More notebooks from chefs!

“Fine-art photographer Jeff Scott won the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the Photography category for Notes From a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession….

The book doesn’t contain any recipes, but instead aims to reveal the creative process for some of the top, young chefs in America. Shot documentary-style, Scott’s photos show the chefs at work and away from the kitchen as well as their personal notebooks where menus are planned and recipes created.”

Read more at: Jeff Scott Wins James Beard Award for Photography | PDNPulse

The books are available at Amazon.


Notebook Addict of the Week: Joshua

This week’s addict is Joshua Blevins Peck, a librarian, writer, musician and photographer who has amassed quite a collection of notebooks all devoted to one topic– recording all the movies he watches, over 4000 of them so far! I’d say he’s a movie addict as well as a notebook addict.
Here’s what Joshua has to say about the source of his notebook addiction:
“I watch a lot of movies and in 1998 decided to keep track of every movie I watched that year, while writing short reviews, tracking what city I saw it in, who I saw it with and numerous other stats I enter into its pages. I called the project Kinetoscope as a nod to early film history. 18 years later and I’m still doing it! I’ve logged over 4,000 films seen in 59 cities, in 10 countries and with 129 different people. My notebook of choice has been quite varied over the years, but in 2016 I discovered the Hobonichi Techo and with its amazing Tomoe River paper perfectly blending with my fountain pens–it will be my notebook of choice as I continue onward with my addiction.”
You can see more of  Joshua’s creative work at  joshuablevinspeck.com

Thanks for sharing your addiction, Joshua!

Moleskine Monday: Atwork27.org

This is a pretty neat website, with lots of artists’ notebooks you can click on and see in their entirety:

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This one is by Fally Sene Sow, an artist living in Dakar, Senegal:

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See more at www.atwork27.org

Moleskine As Photography Book

A photography book made from a Moleskine Japanese album, called “Le Ban des Utopies,” by Cyrille Weiner. There’s something very beautiful and simple about it…


See more at le ban des utopies | silverpoetics.

Ilott Photographers’ Notebooks

Notebooks specially designed for photographers:

“They have dedicated spaces to make note of which camera you’re using, the date, subject, film speed, lighting conditions, f-stop, shutter speed, all for either 12, 24 or 36 frames of film.”


See more at Object of Desire: Ilott Photographers’ Notebooks – Telegraph.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Edmo Cabral

This week’s addict was found on Flickr. The collection is impressive, and I love the way he’s taken the photograph! Asked by a commenter what he uses all the notebooks for, Edmo says “I just put notes in all of them.”

See original at 006/365 – I.

Moleskine Monday: Custom Books

It’s become quite common for people to customize Moleskines by having a company logo stamped or printed onto the cover. Sometimes there might even be some custom content inside. But it is relatively rare that actual books are published using a Moleskine notebook as the medium.

Here are two that I own:

The first is the ADC Young Guns 6/ Undiscovered Letter set. It’s basically a collection of spreads on different graphic designers, published each year by the Art Director’s Club. A wide variety of work is featured in the book, along with a guide to all the selected designers. It’s a fun book to flip through, lots of inspiring images.

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The set also includes a softcover book called The Undiscovered Letter, in which people who had been selected as “Young Guns” in the past were invited to envision a 27th letter of the alphabet, and the results were published in this book, to help raise awareness of the lettera27 non-profit literacy organization.
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More info here on Moleskine’s website.

I forget how I heard about this other Moleskine book, 0.00 Night. This one is a project by an independent publisher called Zeropuntozerozero (that’s the 0.00), featuring the photographs of Renato D’Agostin and various people’s musing on what night means to them. More info here.


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In both of these books, I just love the way Moleskine’s slightly cream-colored paper takes the color printing and gives photos a soft, slightly retro look. It’s like Instagram on paper! And these books are from a few years ago, when they kept the page edges really tight to the covers, no nasty overhang! Both of these are in the pocket size format, which is especially appealing in the thick, chunky Young Guns book.

I’ve always liked collecting small books that are about the same size as my favorite notebooks, so these Moleskines are the best of both worlds for me!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Gerard

Gerard is a curator and arts educator who emailed me some great photos of his “Idea Books,” which he’s filled nearly 40 of over the years:

I love the idea of having notebooks dedicated solely to ideas and creativity. And you know how I can tell Gerard is an extremely creative guy? Look at the notebook edges– they are very clean. My guess is that Gerard not only takes good care of his notebooks, he fills them so fast with tons of ideas that they don’t have time to get really dirty and beat-up!

See more at Gerard’s blog MIX AND SHIFT.