The Way We Work…


A couple of days ago I ran across my above book – I was surprised how good it looked to me and how well it had held up. It was the motivation I needed to get started on another one. The last couple of years I have been going out with the crew of Calm Boogie several times, and lately, I have been trying to go out at least once a month or so. Some of them I have known since they were in high school and they have been extremely supportive of my work, and I get a big wave from them whenever I see them when I ride my bicycle on the back road where their ‘shop’ is.

So I started printing proof pages [see below]. While I can roughly edit my work on the computer, I really need to hold the pages in my hand to get a good sense of how things will look, also photos that look good on my computer screen don’t necessarily look that good in print. As before I am printing on 8×10 inch Strathmore Drawing paper. Of course, it is not an inkjet paper and the image quality suffers a bit. Nevertheless to me that loss is made up by the feel and look of the paper. I am sure it is not everybody’s ‘cup of tea.’ My plan is to make a very small edition of books using the Japanese stab binding technique again, along with Kraft Paper for the cover.



About christian harkness

Photographer and printmaker; living and working in north Florida.
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7 Responses to The Way We Work…

  1. Wesley Rains says:

    Once again you are welcome on our boat anytime! :-)

  2. Dave says:

    I’m game!

  3. Looks beautiful, i’m looking forward to following the process. I’m trying to work out what to do with some of my prints and have starting looking into doing a binding.

    • Hi Brendan, many thanks for your comments. I am afraid my process is going slow as molasses. There are some excellent and inspirational videos on youtube about all sorts of book bindings. Don’t hesitate to ask me questions. I may not have the answers, but….

  4. Marianne says:

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    I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but I’m
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    had to ask!

    • Hey, Marianne – thanks for your note. I sorta understand your question, but as you can see from the blog URL I am using ‘’
      If I remember correctly, I created a header for the blog [my name] as a jpg in Photoshop and just inserted it where the program lets you put in an image.
      Let me know if that makes sense. I would be glad to tell you whatever I know!
      Best – christian

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