I've been thinking about doing a DIY book about my local seaside neighbourhood at Victor Harbor, South Australia for some time now. We've been coming down to the weekender from Adelaide regularly---it's been 15 years I think. I've been taking photos here and around the Fleurieu Peninsula for a number of years.
Up to now I've been content to publish some of the photos on my Flickr stream, on my photoblog, Rhizomes1, and on poodlewalks, my visual diary. Now I fell the need to begin to select the Victor Harbor photographs into some kind of project.
I'm going to begin by using the Posterous micro publishing platform to publish the images and text that would then form the raw material for the book. I would then have something on the desktop to work with, as opposed to it just being an idea in my head. The result would be a first draft, as it were.
I've been wanting to make the shift to DIY publishing for some time, but I've never found a way to cull the visual material for the book from what I am taking. So Posterous is being used to help me address the culling problem.
I understand that Independent publishing is flourishing thanks to on-demand printing. The trend to make, edit, design and produce your own photobook appears to have become an underground phenomenon in our digital world.