the photos you combine in the double spreads work really well together. (That's a real talent in itself.)
I got candidate images printed out as the smallest, cheapest prints that PhotoBox
offered, layed them out on the floor, and played endless games of Snap to find matching pairs (as far as possible, some don't). It's more natural than you might expect. In the explanatory section under the book I wrote "This plays into the "inscape" idea of my photography mentor, Philip Evans of North Wales, that people have sets of lines, blocks and points in their minds, and when out in the world, only press the button when what's in front of them happens to match one of their innate patterns." In other words, people are apt to repeat compositions in terms at least of shapes, even when the subjects and scales are different. In a somewhat similar idea, Karen, the lady who ran the classes when most were made, "likes the idea of photos "talking to each other," i.e., the whole being more than the sum of the parts."
Was listening to a photographer a while back talking about selecting prints -- for sale or maybe for a calendar. They would print them and hang them on the wall for a week and see how they felt about them after that time.
That's a good idea; similarly, I find it best to leave something I've written for a week or so before I can hope to proofread it properly. I wouldn't have printed all those out full size, though, too expensive!
Re the number of photos -- it's a lot of photos! I think any photographer would struggle to get that many together.
I've got more now
in case there's a revised edition, or, heaven help me, a second volume
( definitely not imminent!) Five of the photos were made earlier, but the great majority were gathered over almost a whole year.
If I may be critical I like the black and white photos but not sure they fit in with the rest of the images.
I think so too. I also wrote in the blurb "I am not an instinctive monochrome photographer, and think that sits a little uneasily amid the rest." I put the mono ones in because Karen likes black & white (her degree had an element of art photography) and was very determined that we should all have a go.
Thanks for your kind comments