lars' photo album: the first 3 years
I love the photo albums of my childhood. They have real photos in them – remember those? Over the Holidays, when I go to my mother's house I look through our family albums to reminisce – and cringe. There are some pretty embarrassing pictures from the '80s when I had braces, wore fake sushi earrings and a haircut that looked like I was trying for a Kevin Bacon impersonation. And it's all memorialized. Still, I love having an object full of memories, even the ugly ones. And I want Lars to have this, too: his life in pictures. A chronology of funny, meaningful and, of course, embarrassing moments.
So I had been wanting to make a photo book for a while. Like three years. But finding the time to sort through and organize the thousands of accumulated photos of Lars was another monumental task. And when I say thousands I am underestimating. Gerald and I can't seem to let Lars drool without grabbing our phones to capture the moment. The task would only grow. If I didn't create the book now, it would never happen.
I already knew I wanted to make the book through Artifact Uprising, a small company that uses recycled paper and cloth-bound covers. And the technology to make the book seemed "user-friendly," which is a nice way of saying it's for digital dum-dums like myself. It was a matter of just doing it. So I did . . . And it's really great. I'm already planning the next one – to be published in three years.