Because I Can: The Postcard Book


Hey Folks,

This is the latest post in the “Because I Can” series about making Blurb books in an edition of ONE. Yes, you heard and read correctly. I’m making books with the intention of capping the print run at ONE book. Why? BECAUSE I CAN. We have really only had this option since about 2006, yet photographers ALREADY seem to take this for granted. I know, there is so much change on a daily basis that we are perpetually thirsty for the new, always wanting the latest and greatest. I get it. However, I for one cannot overlook the power in having the ability to make a single book. I wrote about this in a previous post, so if you want the background then go back and have a look. I pulled a selection from that prior post to set the table for this one. This is a series people. I’ve made at least a dozen books already and have eighteen more in the pipeline.

This book was created after overhearing a conversation between two young girls in a Japanese stationary store. They came across postcard material and said “Remember these? I really miss getting these in the mail.” Then they spoke about “giving up” and going with email. I asked myself “Why?” Why do we do this to ourselves. We give in, give up, cave to what is happening these days, as if we don’t have a choice. This book was crafted from found post cards, scanned front and back. Postcards were then sleeved and inserted into airmail envelopes.



12 responses to “Because I Can: The Postcard Book”

  1. Mike says:

    Great idea Daniel, how do the envelopes attach to the book cover?


  2. I like this object, but I do not understand it! Is this a Blurb book,that you then nodded with the envelopes?

  3. Got it. As a happy Blurb customer, it never occurred to me that one could mod the books. It strikes me that this is something Blurb could and should promote. Tutorials? FAQs? Videos? Supplies? Contests?

    Now I want to start tearing the books I already have apart, and start reimagining and rebuildng them.

    If I could order up parts, like just a glued up text block, I’d get really excited!

    • Smogranch says:

      I’ve been doing it for over a year now, and others have done it as far back as I can remember. We are hosting a new series of events around this specific thing. No tutorials as of yet, but deconstructed books have a long history, there is much out there, and many artists who do this on a regular basis. If you look back over my posts from the last year, just type “because I can,” or “edition of one.”

    • Smogranch says:

      I forgot to mention..just go to “Artifacts” on my site. There they are….

  4. lionelB says:

    Another idea this points to is taking something away, rather than adding. Slicing away parts of pages so that they become mounts (mattes). I have seen that done occasionally in old books where translucent images are inserted and then viewed held up to the light. Water is very good at enabling a rough edged but stable tear in paper. Paint an outline with water and then tease the fibres apart. Commercially, lasers would cut tidy openings.

  5. Thanks for the Artifacts pointer! I am sort of dimly aware of modding existing books as a thing and to be honest I have never been that comfortable with it. I was raised with certain ideas about books. Personal problem.

    Anyways, it’s the idea of making a book specifically to take modifications, as part of a larger piece, combining PoD with handwork that strikes me as particularly awesome here. For whatever reason,I am completely comfortable with the idea of chopping up a book that was made for the purpose.

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