Pick your favourite pics please

Just over two months since we touched down in Sydney and one month since the final project post I’m here to say – Hey, how’s it going?

Actually, it’s more like HELLO EVERYONE! I MISS YOU!!

It’s been weird not checking in with you once a week so it feels very good to be back once more I have to say.

What have Coco and I been up to since I last posted? For Coco it’s just been life as usual really. She’s slipped back into things as if the project never happened. School, friends, etc, as well as cuddling up with our beautiful pussycat, Tommy (while we’ll never forget his brother, Jinx, we’re so happy to have at least one of them back).

 

Tom and Coco

Tom and Coco

 

Interestingly, the only aspect Coco’s been struggling with is sleeping – after 13 months in strange cities, apartments and beds, where she was as happy as Larry, she finally gets back into her own bed and has been freaking out a little. Bad dreams, talk of being kidnapped, that sort of thing. (Makes me wonder if she saw something on TV recently – while we were away, we never turned on the box but now that we’re back, it’s on quite a bit. Just watching the nightly news can be enough to make any kid anxious I reckon.)

As for me, I’ve been busy just trying to re-enter and adjust to life without a major, obsessive all consuming project to attend to. Although last year was a marathon, I knew exactly what my week looked like. Now it feels very fragmented and all over the shop. A photographic job here, Coco school stuff there, endless lists to be made and acted on – or not (as I sit here, there’s a heap of lists sitting in front of me happily gathering dust).

When my brain starts to feel fried I throw myself in various ocean pools. Which is where I snapped this lovely lady…

 

mermaid

mermaid

 

(… and where I wish I’d had my real camera on the day I watched a Muslim woman walk into Bronte pool fully clothed. Aside from wanting to photograph her, I really wanted to talk with her, to find out how it felt to be there amongst the Speedo clan – which reminded me how my camera is so much more than just a tool for recording an image, providing me with an excuse to inquire and discover.)

But as of about, ooh, NOW, I really need to get my act together and start to focus again. Because in just over three months time, 135 images from the project will be sitting on the walls of the Museum of Sydney.

The challenge is choosing those 135 images from the thousands that appeared on the blog (I haven’t counted but I averaged 45 a week so 52 x 45 is 2,340. 2,340!). I will get some help from The Museum of Sydney in curating the exhibition but still.

And then there’s the book. I’m going to self-publish one but I still need to decide how and what – as in small or large, as many pages as the last one or half the number? And with whom. And is it even possible given that it would ideally be ready for July 20 when the exhibition opens. And that’s before I’ve had to choose all the images.

Plus I need to choose some images to print as postcards and prints for my wonderful Kickstarter supporters.

All of this has been swirling around in my head and I don’t appear to be making much progress. So, eek, eek, eek.

Yeah. Then a small but friendly light bulb went off in my head and I thought, why not ask my lovely blog peeps. They might have a favourite few images and some ideas about what sort of book they’d like to see come out of this.

So, if you’re willing and able, here’s what I’d love to know:

1. Book – Would you buy one? If so, would you prefer it to be small like the last one (half the size of an A4 sheet roughly), or bigger, more of an A4 or even A3 size? If it’s bigger, there would be less pages – for example, 150-200 instead of 500+.

2. Images – There’s a short-list of 34 images below. Could I please ask you to choose your favourite one (or five, or ten, whatever you feel like). Obviously I need more for the book and exhibition but I’m just after the absolute top favourites at the moment. (If you have a favourite that isn’t below, please let me know too.)

This should only take a minute – just go with your gut and list your faves by number in the comment box (or email me if easier).

I really appreciate this everyone. Really.

Okay, here are the images…

 

 

1. fringe dwellers

1. fringe dwellers

 

 

 

 

 

2. eat and be merry

2. eat and be merry

 

 

 

 

 

3. floating fish

3. floating fish

 

 

 

 

 

4. hidden

4. hidden

 

 

 

 

 

5. lattice like

5. lattice like

 

 

 

 

 

6. through the car window - the flower seller

6. through the car window – the flower seller

 

 

 

 

 

7. it's a child's playground now

7. it’s a child’s playground now

 

 

 

 

 

8. smoke and rubble but at least the washing's done

8. smoke and rubble but at least the washing’s done

 

 

 

 

 

9. eyes the colour of the Sea of Mamara

9. eyes the colour of the Sea of Mamara

 

 

 

 

 

10. burnt sienna

10. burnt sienna

 

 

 

 

 

11. cold and wet - perfect Spring weather - if you're a duck, 1

11. cold and wet – perfect Spring weather – if you’re a duck

 

 

 

 

 

12. the watcher

12. the watcher

 

 

 

 

 

13. water water everywhere but not a drop to swim in

13. water water everywhere but not a drop to swim in

 

 

 

 

 

14. ice cream truck time again

14. ice cream truck time again

 

 

 

 

15. scales

15. scales

 

 

 

 

 

16. 'men will let you down but the Lord will look after you, always' - Flossie

16. ‘men will let you down but the Lord will look after you, always’ – Flossie

 

 

 

 

 

17. bird on a branch

17. bird on a branch

 

 

 

 

 

18. They share nothing, But a predilection for dots, Is that not enough?

18. They share nothing, But a predilection for dots, Is that not enough?

 

 

 

 

 

19. Eight arms apiece, Like eight petals on her obi, Infinity rules

19. Eight arms apiece, Like eight petals on her obi, Infinity rules

 

 

 

 

 

20. autumn

20. autumn

 

 

 

 

 

21. "it’s my hobby” – Emiko in her mother’s kimono

21. “it’s my hobby” – Emiko in her mother’s kimono

 

 

 

 

 

22. day fades quickly into night in the Japanese autumn

22. day fades quickly into night in the Japanese autumn

 

 

 

 

 

23. the inspiration for his hair do? - Teruaki

23. the inspiration for his hair do? – Teruaki

 

 

 

 

 

24. crowded Kyoto - last chance to see the autumn leaves

24. crowded Kyoto – last chance to see the autumn leaves

 

 

 

 

 

25. patchwork

25. patchwork

 

 

 

 

 

26. visiting from Tokyo to play dress up - Yuika

26. visiting from Tokyo to play dress up – Yuika

 

 

 

 

 

27. from Tokyo’s man-made mountains to Kyoto’s high-rise

27. from Tokyo’s man-made mountains to Kyoto’s high-rise

 

 

 

 

 

28. woven

28. woven

 

 

 

 

 

29. windy Welly

29. windy Welly

 

 

 

 

 

30. flying back to her adopted home, Auckland - Elizabeth, originally from Samoa

30. flying back to her adopted home, Auckland – Elizabeth, originally from Samoa

 

 

 

 

 

31. recent arrivals and the original ones

31. recent arrivals and the original ones

 

 

 

 

 

32. and more recent ones - Nadia from Ethiopia

32. and more recent ones – Nadia from Ethiopia

 

 

 

 

 

33. successfully transplanted onto NZ soil

33. successfully transplanted onto NZ soil

 

 

 

 

 

34. water colours

34. water colours

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, that’s all of them. So just please leave a comment with your feedback – about the book, or fave pics, or both. You’re too fabulous and you know it.

 

  1. bronnie beede says:

    I like numbers 8 and 15, patchwork, and burnt sienna. I must say it’s the captions that make or break a diptrych for me.

  2. Tony says:

    1. About the book – yes I’d buy one, A4 I reckon.

  3. Sarah says:

    So hard to choose just one but I narrowed it down to 5! I love the following numbers 8, 9, 16, 17 and 25. From that list my first fav would be 17, the two pics line up perfectly!
    I think if I was going to buy a book one that is not too thick would be my preference.
    Thanks for the update Louise.

  4. Sophie Gregory says:

    Small size book. Images 5 and 15.

  5. Steve says:

    I love all of those images, and I’d definitely buy the book. A larger size would do the images justice.

  6. donna says:

    would I buy a book? for sure…format?…don’t mind…images, oh boy are you kidding…I LOVE 30 and 34 my favs, you also had another image from Tokyo of the bride in the large white headpiece which was also amazing, I think you had partnered it with the shinkansen…I don’t envy you Louise…good luck.. :)

  7. Tom says:

    34 – we love Heidi! Definately d a book, but do your work the justice of a nice large scale and hard cover

  8. Zainil says:

    Wow, I like almost all of them but the following are my favourites:
    Fringe dwellers
    Hidden
    Lattice like
    Eyes the colour of the sea of mamara
    Cold and wet
    They share nothing but a predilection for dots
    Woven
    Recent arrivals and the original ones

    I am not sure about the book but I will definitely buy the postcards. I love writing and sending postcards. A great way to share an image in the real world.

    Good luck with the projects.

  9. JJ says:

    4 8 15 18 30 31
    (and so many more)

    Is this the lotto? Did I win?

  10. Lucy says:

    1. Would I buy a book? Yes. A5, A4, fatter, skinnier – doesn’t matter. But not A3 – that’s too big.
    2. Favourites include: 3. floating fish, 5. lattice like, 8. smoke and rubble but at least the washing’s done, 12. the watcher, 16. ‘men will let you down but the Lord will look after you, always’ – Flossie, 18. They share nothing, But a predilection for dots, Is that not enough?, 30. flying back to her adopted home, Auckland – Elizabeth, originally from Samoa, 34. water colours

  11. Amy says:

    They are all truly beautiful.
    The above ones 14, 5, 4, 3.
    I loved in particular your ‘Marais’ images. The handsome man in that gorgeous cravat/scarf with the hydrangeas Oh and the woman in the hat and blue outfit in the blue shop.
    Can’t wait for it. I’d love an A4 this time I think.
    Good luck and have fun with it.

  12. NIKI HUGHES says:

    I like 8 and 20, and like 10 even more….they are visually very pleasing … but I love 34!
    Yes, I’d buy a book
    Soft cover, A4
    :)

  13. Bradley Jackson says:

    I like all of the images submitted and would buy the book if it was A4 size. I bought your last book and am inspired by your photography. Cheers Louise and Coco.

  14. Vivian says:

    Hi Louise,
    My favourites are 11 and 13, but they are all wonderful. I agree with most other comments (so far) that a larger book would do the images justice, but honestly, whatever size you choose, I’ll still buy it! Looking forward to the exhibition too.
    Good luck with it all,
    Vivian

  15. pat says:

    Book same size as last one but with firmer cover.

    Nos. 5. 16. 24. 25 and 34, but they are all beautiful. Good luck with it all

  16. Sian says:

    My faves are 7,14,26,29,30. I think your amazing pics can only be done justice in a large-format book ie A3 hardback. A coffee-table book. It’s the only way your photos and pairing of photos can be poured over, rather than flicked through and the stories they tell be truly taken in. Amazing project.

  17. Jenny Bosse says:

    Great to be involved like this.
    Nos 8, 17, 18, 28, 30, 31
    A book, yes probably, A 4 great.
    Definitely a stash of postcards.
    I’ve had so much pleasure following your journeys.

  18. Jen says:

    Book, small I think. But everyone will have a different opinion so just go with your gut (and what you can afford)

    Photos, ones with something living and a pattern, person or animal. People always lok at photos with someone in it longer than just scenery. Even if the person is off in the distance. It gives photos an ‘iwonder’ aspect

    Just suggestions, good luck- it will be great no mater what you choose. It always is,

    Jen

  19. Wendy says:

    Yes I would buy a book….A4 please.
    I love all the photos however 4, 8, 12, 13 and 16 are a standout for me :)

  20. Kate C. says:

    Hi Lou,
    Def larger for the book – A4 or A3, hard cover. Some Likes: 5, 14, 31, 23, 10.
    Good luck with it all!
    Kate

  21. Elizabeth says:

    So hard to choose, glad I don’t have your task — Just going with my gut: 6, 7, 16, 19, 25, 30. Definitely 6.

    I might buy the book — good chance. I reckon a calendar would be good.

  22. Diane says:

    We are all so different in our tastes for the ‘best’ and that is wonderful but it makes it hard for your Louise to choose. My favourites are: 6 the flower seller; 12 the watcher and 25 patchwork.
    An e-book would be my preference for the book format.
    Regards to you and Coco

  23. Meg says:

    4; 5; 7;
    12; 21; 30;
    31; 34

    I’d like images that were very different, and also ones that showed common humanity. I’d also like them to represent all the cities you visited. This lot seems disproportionately Japanese. I think I’d want mainly people.

    What a splendid but daunting task you have now! Thank you for many pleasures.

  24. Nirah says:

    Yes, would definitely buy the book….A3 or A4…hard cover if possible
    Images are

    They share nothing
    Flying Back
    Eyes the colour
    Smoke and Rubble
    Eight arms
    Windy welly
    Watercolors…

    Good luck :) looking forward to the exhibition :)

  25. Mike Reed says:

    The book should be proportional. Landscape. Number
    52 main shots 104 05 more but smaller. I like 29 windy Welly as you have been blown around the world ( the four corners?) and 12 the watcher for the curiosity of it all. very good juxtapose on 14, 15 23 what the book should be about . I dont think 18 or 19 work. Congrats

  26. Kate C. says:

    They are all wonderful. A couple of additional ones to my list: clearing the mind, exotic, objects of devotion. x

  27. Jason Cupitt says:

    I love them all, but on my gut reactions:
    1/6/10/11/17/18/25

    I like the size of the first book. They’d be a matching set…and less images on the editing floor.

    Good luck!

  28. Aimée says:

    Hope Sydney is feeling wonderfully familiar and surprisingly new all over again.
    Book format: First instinct is just under A4ish, hard cover.
    Thanks for the opportunity to weigh in – here are our picks among the above pix:
    3 fish
    4 hidden
    5 lattice
    7 children’s playground
    17 bird on a branch
    31 recent and original
    34 watercolours

  29. Ann says:

    Favourites – 6, 8, 16, 19, 20, 22, 30.
    Small size book.

  30. Tony says:

    My favorites: 7, 10, 13, 20, 24, 27

  31. Dorothy says:

    3,4 (but…it suggests a veil is like a cage/control device…),7,11,13,14,22,30,34

    I’d buy A5 size

  32. Wayne Carter says:

    Hi Louise – two months back already! Ha, but best time in Sydney – autumn. Yes, our rock baths are fab – Collaroy our fav.
    Congrats, your blog has been great. Regarding book format…
    I was surprised with 52 Suburbs being so condensed. I guess I am just use to big format photo books of Sydney… Your photographs are so unique, I found the small format limiting considering your wonderful exhibition at Sydney Museum. I loved your talk and the fab display of that work.
    The pics new project wonderful, hard to choose favs…
    LA… dear Margaret
    14, 20, 29, 34.
    Looking forward to your exhibition!

    W.

    P.S. Happy to hear that Tom has his family home. We were really sad to hear early on about Jinx.

  33. Gemma Clarke says:

    16, 18, 29 and 30 are my absolute faves :)
    Yes I might be interested in a book but the smaller size you suggested. I would prefer postcard sized prints to buy but I never have enough room on my walls haha! Love your work xxoo

  34. Bron E says:

    Well done Louise! I agree with the others who said it was so hard to choose, however as well as the extra photo of gorgeous Coco & Tommy, I rate 1, 15, 17, 18, 23 & 31 as my favourites. After this survey you’ll be even more confused. I think a hard cover / landscape A4 would be great.

  35. Gretel says:

    Haha…I think all we are going to do is make it harder for you! My favourites are 3(Floating Fish), 10(Burnt Sienna), 11(Cold and Wet), 25(Patchwork) and 34(Watercolours) I like a smaller, chunky book similar to the first. Best of luck with it all!

  36. Roslyn says:

    Favourites: 10, 11, 12, 17, 24, 25
    Small book.

  37. Robyn says:

    Book – same dimensions as the first, but not as thick (about half the thickness). Not A4 / A3 – I think the smaller size makes it “stand out”. Also different cover (without the cutout) as it is a coffee table book so gets a bit of handling (bits of my cover are bent) .
    The pics I like MOST are 11, 34, 5, 10.
    Also like 4,7,25,28,29,31
    I think the book should have equal number of images from each place you visited.
    Love your work!

  38. Joel says:

    I meant to attend your last exhibition, but we kinda jumped straight from “Oh, it’s running for three months? No particular rush” to “Wait, it ended a month ago?” with no appreciable passage of time in between…

    I’d buy a book. Same size as the last one, but without the fiddly cover, I reckon – it was a very pretty cover, but so hard to not accidentally mangle.

    My gut-feeling don’t-think-about-it favourites: 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 20, 21, 22, 25, 30, 31. And yeah, I know that’s just under a third of them… =)

  39. Trish says:

    Truly miss your weekly updates.
    My favourites – Japan 4, 5, 14, 15 and 25
    New Zealand – 31 and 34
    Couldn’t narrow it down any further — too good!
    Yes I would buy an A4 hard cover coffee table book – your work deserves this.

  40. Sandy says:

    Yes I would buy the book, the same size as the first one.
    I like
    4, 9, 24, 31 but my favourite is 25 Patchwork,
    wonderful colours

  41. jo says:

    10 but love all.

    Would like book to be slightly larger and although I loved the creativity of the “52″ stencil it was very fragile and made the book look raggedy pretty quickly. Love your work!

  42. Sonja says:

    Would definitely buy a book – A4. Love no.s 10, 11, 12, 16, 25 and 30.

  43. Mary-Anne says:

    aw Louise, I can’t pick just one, so here’s my top ten: 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 13, 17, 26, 30 and 34. I would definitely buy a book. My preference would be for no larger than A4 so more images can be included. good luck.

  44. Samantha Odegbaro says:

    Hello,
    The photographs are all so good, it really doesn’t matter which you pick. What a wonderful dilemma not to have!
    A book, & prints, yes please. And your own gallery showing & telling your story together with more images of Australia.

  45. Sophie says:

    From this selection, my favorite is 30 – then 7, 10 and 12.
    If the book can be shipped to France, I would definitely buy at least one. Small size.

  46. Mike Broadley says:

    7, 8, 30 & talk to Uge over at aquabumps in Bondi about putting a photographic book together….thanks for sharing…..

  47. Kaylene Kritharides says:

    My absolute take-your-breath away photo is not on your short list. It is the one from the Coogee series and it is titled: “Water colours 3″. It is the image of the brushes and the underwater scene. I alsoove “beneath 6″ and “beneath 3″.
    Yes I would certainly buy a book as I bought your last one and I think the size is perfect. All of my uni students have been loving it in my primary HSIE tutorials!!!!

  48. suzanne says:

    first of all, wow, they are all amazing!! but if I would have to pick my favourites: 5,7,8,10,17,28,31 :)

    I’d buy a book, smaller than A4 sounds a bit too small too appreciate the photos, so I would go for A4.

    Good luck!

  49. jann says:

    Louise, my faves are 5, 8, 10, 11, 14, 23, 29, 31. But then they’re all great! Will the book be available outside Australia? Would love one.

  50. Helena says:

    ditto @ trish
    book – at least A4 size – more like a coffee table book
    images - too many great images to chose from ;p for the moment 4,9,10,14,24, but happy to narrow it down if you need

  51. Lisette says:

    I’ve missed traveling vicariously and seeing the world with your eyes! Been checking back on the blog every now and then, in case there was a surprise new post… and here there is one! Yay!

    Would I buy a book? Yes, definitely! A4 please. My favourites from the above: 3, 5, 8, 11, + 13. It wasn’t easy to choose, so I understand what you’re up against!

    Best of luck preparing the exhibit, postcards and books…

    Saludos from Barcelona
    http://cutesuite.wordpress.com

  52. Toni Mostyn says:

    Hi Louise, My favs from the above are:
    7,8,10,13,17,20,22,26 & 34. It was so hard to choose only a few.
    As for the book, I think a larger one than the 52 suburbs. So at least A4 or even A3.
    Such beautiful work, really looking forward to purchasing a book and hopefully getting to Sydney for the exhibition.
    Cheers
    Toni

  53. Belinda says:

    5, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 30
    Oh, and a few hundred others not on the list!
    I think a little bigger would be good, A4 or bigger to really do justice to the images.

  54. Marcelo Hof says:

    1. Sure. I’d prefer the A4 or even A3.
    2. My favorite pics are 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 16 and 31.

  55. Kate Croucher says:

    Absolutely cannot wait for your next book – small format worked well (but not tricky cover – it’s gotten a bit raggedy). VERY hard to choose faves but I do love #7 it’s a children’s playground now
    #10 burnt sienna
    #17 birds on a branch
    amazing job – has been such a highlight over the year clicking to open and seeing what wonders you have captured

  56. yani says:

    Yes, I would probably buy a copy of the book. Part of me would prefer it to be the exact same size as the previous one so that they sit together nicely on the bookshelf, but the 52 Suburbs book was very thick so it might be nice to have it twice as tall and half as thick, with twice as many images per page.

    Of the ones you listed in the post, my favourites are 3, 4, 9 and 18, with 9 being my absolute favourite.

    But my favourites from the project in general include (using their file names):
    And its Fiat Bambinos
    Attracted by the light
    Autumn leaves the colour of traffic lights
    Distribution systems
    Gorgeous green1
    Mmm is that Emincée de pomme…
    They come from all over Paris for the pastrami
    Watching the birdies

  57. Katie says:

    Book size: A4

    Images: 5. 8. 10. 15. 25.

    One of the other images that stayed with me was the beautiful NZ girl with the long hair!

    …looking forward to the exhibition, thanks for the feedback opportunity.

  58. Bea says:

    12, 16 and 31
    Have just loved your blog. Thank you

  59. Kim says:

    Fab project, thank you! Enjoyed seeing what others chose for their favourites; it makes you look again.
    From these, my top three are 14, 31 and 34.
    For postcards etc also like 5, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 28.

  60. Gaylee says:

    Well you asked for it Louise….how long have we got!?
    From your list favs are: 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 22, 23, 29 & 30.
    Others not listed:
    Delhi – Smiling BNd
    Istanbul- Eyup ‘A Riot of Fawn’
    Paris – Montreuil ‘The Smile’
    Paris – Chateau Rouge ‘Jean check me out’ and ‘Senghor from Senegal’
    Rome -San Lorenzo ‘Sleepyheads’
    Berlin – Marzahn ‘Katja & Paul on train’
    NYC-UWS Doorman and dog
    LAX – Adios LA
    TYO- Kagurazaka ‘Ancient in the modern 2′
    TYO – Ccco turning Japanese
    KYO – Asami
    AKL- Otara ‘Pobalu’, ‘Poko’, ‘Amon’, Taelin & Toa 2, Band in backyard 2
    Avondale ‘Elders’
    WLG- white horses through Cook Strait, Chur Bro2′ Eat & Drink St
    MEL- Heartbreaker & Australia Day Patriot.
    SYD – Rose Bay ‘Double Coathanger’
    Coogee ‘Melba’, ‘Heidi2′, Coco Beneath 1 & 2.

    Book size – A4, will make great gift.

    Tommy looks very regal….very sly eyes!
    LL. GG

  61. No Impact Girl says:

    Yes, to the book or ebook, I’d be more likely to buy the latter so I can take your pics with me on my iPad when I travel, for inspiration :) Otherwise, A4 size.
    Fav pics from the above:
    9, 10, 16, 17, 18
    I loved so many of your Japan and India pics in particular.
    Thanks for asking for our opinions, hope it helps!
    Go well with the book and exhibition :)

  62. Sheila says:

    8, 10, 17, 28 & 34
    I’d love a chunky book, so maybe B5, landscape orientation, bleeding photo sets, textured cover if you can afford it! (I’d buy it.)
    Missing your travels — and the text too.

  63. Jane says:

    Favourites 1, 18, 31

    Would love a larger book with less photos.

  64. Gloria says:

    Yes, I would buy a book – larger would look great.
    Love all the shots, but faves here are: 4,5,15,18,30 and 31

  65. Brent Wilson says:

    This is cruel Louise, it is like saying which is your favourite child!. Book yes, fat yes, image number 7 yes!

  66. Deb says:

    25 and 31

  67. Debek says:

    My favourites are 8, 10, 17 & 24. As someone suggested – a calendar would be also a great addition. An A4 size book would suit too. Just truly great pics Louise!

  68. Mark says:

    I like 10 the best.
    I would love a book with more pages not less.
    I have loved following your journey. I would love to know what camera(s), setup do you shoot with. What do you post process in

    I love your work
    And I will definitely come up from Melbourne to see the exhibition
    Mark

  69. Katja says:

    4, 8, 12

  70. Louise says:

    DEAR ALL – Oh you guys are good. Many thanks for taking the time to do this. As it stands, the favourite images are:
    1st – ‘burnt sienna’ (No 10)
    2nd – ‘flying back to her adopted homeland’ (30) and ‘smoke and rubble’ (No 8)
    3rd – water colours (No 34)

    On the book front, seems there’s good interest and that most of you are warming to an A4 size (28 votes) rather than a smaller one like my first book (17 votes). (And yes, agreed, the last cover was too flimsy, this one will be at least solid if not a hard cover.)

    Very helpful indeed so thank you. I know it’s only a handful of images and I know you guys aren’t everyone, but still, it’s a good guide for me at this stage.

    Group hug. x

  71. Emma says:

    3, 7, 14 and 31.
    And definitely a bigger book than first one.
    Well done Lou! Ex

  72. Louise says:

    7 and 11 are my picks.
    Book the same size as last time would be good – can’t wait!

  73. valya says:

    8. smoke and rubble

  74. Peter McConnochie says:

    I’d love a book that is the same size as number 1 as I’d like them to be a pair! But having said that if it was bigger I’d enjoy the images even more so I wouldn’t complain and would still buy it! However for voting purposes the same as last time!

    4, 8, 14, 16, 26

    Wish I could see the exhibition but just impossible from the UK – good luck with it all!

  75. Mike Broadley says:

    Sorry please add 22!

  76. Kristin says:

    Hi Louise, I miss your updates too but very excited about your next exhibition. Like last time will buy the book and postcards. Liked the format from the last book and would like to have the second instalment in the same size so they look nice together. What can I say, German by nature, love it to look tidy on the shelf :-)

    My favourite photos from your selection are :
    10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
    Have to say, I loved everything and your captions are an important part too.

  77. Amanda says:

    I would definitely buy a book!

    You put up my all time fav picture!!!! You have to use number 17 – that has been my favourite for this project and I’ll never forget how well the photo works. I like 2 for the same reason. My other absolute favourites are 28, 30, 34. Love the plane one <3

    I also like 2, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29 :D Does that help at all? :D

  78. SarahN says:

    I wouldn’t buy the book – it’s not personal, I don’t buy books. BUT… if it was A4 or larger, I may buy it so I can frame my faves… food for thought!

    Gosh Gaylee MUST have kept a list!

    4,9,13, 30, 31 – the best is 31 I think. Oh no, I can’t say that! I was tempted by 10, but nah those are the five.

  79. Nicole says:

    5, 8, 12, 14, 18, 23, 28 and 29 are my favs

    Can’t wait to see the exhibition!

    I don’t have a preference for book size, but I would love a hard cover, whatever the size

    I imagine the book will have such an international flavour, that it could sell volumes in each of the countries you have visited. Good to have a network across the world!

    Could you treat the book as another crowdfunding idea? I would be in!

  80. Kylie says:

    Hi Louise. Ah, so many fantastic images to choice from but if I had to choose it would be 10, 11, 22, 29 and 33. I probably wouldn’t go any bigger than A4 as far as the book goes…and yes, I would buy one!

  81. gill says:

    17 and 34 from yr list and A4 as a pref, but if it means less pics then use same format. But how to choose from SO many great shots???!

  82. Michael says:

    1st post after 4yrs on the followers list!
    Smaller size book or (Hopefully) an eBook on my ‘goes everywhere’ tablet, including pix 7, 10 & 22. Mx

  83. Catharine says:

    So hard to choose but my picks are 34, 30, 28, 14, 12, 8, 6.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the photos up at MoS!!!

  84. Kate says:

    A4 book and a calendar would be amazing! So many photos I love, hidden, smoke and rubble but the washing’s clean, patchwork, woven and the old man watching over the fence. In other ones I think you could do an entire exhibition on your kimono shots.

  85. Magdalena says:

    so hard to choose – but I’d say 7 & 8 – they seem to me like from another world but we know it’s ‘close’ you’ve been there to prove it….

  86. matt H says:

    there are so many goodies, it’s true. I think 5 and I love the contrast of 22. if I could go back thru all, Id love to choose some more! Go for A4 and good luck. Can’t wait for exhib.

  87. Karla says:

    My favourites are 9, 10, 13, 17, 25, 30 and 34. I will buy the book either way, but would prefer an A4 size. I have loved following your journeys, I save up your photos for stressful times at work and they always help to make things better! Thank you so much Louise.

  88. Julie says:

    Hi Louise, my fav’s are 5, 7, 9, 13, 20, 33, 34. Hard cover for book better – my cover of your last one ripped. But loved the size & format

    Any chance of putting in a request for a print (I was a Kickstarter supporter) – as a Coogee local, would absolutely LOVE one of your underwater Coogee shots (like Beneath or Between 4 or 5) if at all possible xx

  89. Sandra W. says:

    hi louise!
    love this interactive idea :)
    so, first: yes i would buy one and i would prefer the small size.
    second: from your selection i vote for pictures no. 1, 11, 12, 20, 28, 34
    think, i will spend the next evenings scrolling through all the cities to find my favourites to be prepared for the next deciding round ;)

  90. Fiona H says:

    Hi Louise,
    hope this doesn’t confuse you, so will keep simple – absolute favs – 10 and 11. Love the light and the moodiness…also like 7 and 8. Love also: “gaufres, old fashion, seeing Tarlabasi in a good light, one moment, sun, the next, rain”, the chocolate icecream photo in Italy…. Love the ones with the flowers as a contrast, and also your photos with lattice, grills etc where you look through to see something else.

    As to the book – I would def. buy one and would prefer either like the last book or a little bit smaller than A4. As to the last book – the cover with the cut-out is peeling even with contact on it – don’t know if I would do that again…..Best regards Louise…x

  91. Mel P says:

    I’m so glad you’re doing a book from your latest travels. I think having a book the same as the last is perfect. I give your book to friends & family who visit from abroad. It’s a perfect size.
    I love all your photos but my favourites are: 4, 7, 10, 13, 31
    Love your work. All the best :)

  92. Peter says:

    Hi Louise,
    Congratulations I love your project and the images you gave us. My photo pick 4, 11, and 15. I bought your 52 Suburbs and liked that format. However, also like big prints which you would some great ones that you have look brilliant. So why not go A4 or A3?

  93. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Louise, my top three are 5,15,34. Others I like a lot are 4, 8,9,10,14,17,24,25,30. Good luck bringing it all together. Look fwd to the exhibition.

  94. Kaz says:

    Just one you say? 7, 10, 12, 16, 30!!!

    Loved this project – best armchair travel ever!

  95. Robert says:

    yes i’d buy the book and probably more than one copy to give as gifts – the first was great! loved all the Geisha shots so 25/26 are my favs of this lot, good luck and look forward to the exhibition.

  96. Belinda says:

    8, 9, 25

  97. Anna Sticklebricks says:

    Lovely to see a 52 Suburbs blog again!
    1. Will absolutely buy a book, whatever size it ends up being. Something appealing about it being the same size as the first one – the start of a set (well, we can always hope there’ll be more to come ….)
    2. Thank goodness you provided a short list to choose from, otherwise it would have taken weeks to try and narrow the favourites down! Of the above – 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17 and 29 really do it for me.
    So looking forward to your exhibition!
    :-)

  98. Alice says:

    A5 book.
    My favourite photo is 11 (Cold and Wet – reminds me of everything I love about cold, wet countries and weather).
    34, 27, 15, 10 and 7 are my favourite juxtapositions. I also love 16, 12, 6.

  99. charlotte says:

    Hi
    were doing your photos at school in class (im 16)
    and i just love everything you do!!!

    My favoruites are:

    8. smoke and rubble but at least the washing’s done
    10. burnt sienna (my number one)
    9. eyes the colour of the Sea of Mamara

    • Louise says:

      Hey Charlotte. Oh how I love that you’re looking at my stuff at school! And that you love it. What happens? Love to know how the teacher approaches it!

  100. Michelle says:

    I like the following compositions: 1,3,4,5,8,10,13,17,20,25,26,30. Especially 4,5,8,10,13.
    Its been great following your journey. The stories and photos are fabulous and I’d love to buy a book. Small and chunky I think seems best.

  101. Christine says:

    Love 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 28, 34

    You are an inspiration
    Thankyou for sharing yourself so honestly

  102. Nancy says:

    They are all so beautiful but my favourites are 13 and 31 x

  103. Norm says:

    decisions, decisions… so many great photos. Narrowed it down to two, Nos 22 & 30

  104. Andy says:

    Yes, I’d buy a book and would love one the same size and format as the last one!

    Fav pics = 1, 4, 8, 26, 30, 31

  105. Red Peony says:

    Hi Louise
    Looks like you have quite a task ahead of you… I agree, all such beautiful images. If I had to limit myself to six; these are 5, 15, 18, 25, 30 & 20. An A4 book would do me just fine; and I am looking forward to the exhibition at mos in July!

  106. Trudie Hurt says:

    Best book size would be same as your first one and I would purchase it. I would love postcards also, or blank cards to give – the images are so inspirational and perfect to frame. Too many choices but my favourite is 34. Looking forward to seeing your exhibition.

  107. Ana says:

    My favourites out of these are 8, 12 and 14 :)
    But I like many, many more that you have taken!

  108. Lauren says:

    7 & 22 are my top picks!

    a book- yes please. oooh, postcards would be a fabulous idea as noted above.

  109. Stefanie says:

    My faves are 10, 13, 17, 22 and 29 (<-especially this one). But you have taken so many lovely ones. Thanks for the trip.

  110. TRENT COLLINS says:

    Love image 31- just sums up everything about a global adventure.
    A4 book would be great, and it it is taller but thinner it would work better on most bookcases and coffee tables.

  111. Jasmine says:

    An A4 book would be fantastic. My favourites are 10, 13, 28, 30, 32 and 34. Thank you for the amazing adventures.

  112. Dale says:

    So hard to choose!
    1,4,12, 17, 30
    I love the Japanese pics Autumn captures the philosophy ….. Decisions decisions. Please keep travelling – your work celebrates diversity & honours the human spirit.

  113. Gillian says:

    My favourites in no particular order are: 5,8,11,17,20 and 34. I’d like the book in the same format as the first one but without the tricksy die-cut cover.

  114. Jo Kaupe says:

    10
    14
    18
    25
    But choosing is a hard task as you know!

  115. Jodie says:

    Hello Louise!!!!
    We miss you!!! I hope you are coming up with ideas for the next 52 Blog! Maybe something closer to home – 52 Portraits, 52 Cats, 52 Houses in my Suburb …. just a little bit of you each week!
    I will most definitely buy a book and I’d love a chunky little volume just like the first book.
    My favourites from above are 24 and 25 but I’m a bit of an Autumn freak so I think that’s influencing my preferences.
    Thank you so much for another wonderful year!
    Love Jodie

  116. Fer Buenos Aires says:

    All your work is so beautiful, but my favourites are: 2. 8. 10. 14. and 19 :-)

  117. Jo says:

    Hi Louise,
    Congrats on a fantastic project! It was an absolute pleasure to follow!!!
    Will definitely buy the book! Doesn’t matter what shape or size!
    Fave images…6, 7, 15, 17, 25, 30, 33 :)

  118. Louise says:

    Dear all
    I’m still listening – loving all the feedback, many thanks.
    I’m head down trying to work it all out now. Wish you could all be here looking over my shoulder. It would be chaotic but fun! x

  119. Trudy says:

    Gasp – I didnt make the cut? Cries LOL
    15 – cause its my friend!
    Yes – I’d buy a book.

  120. Helmut says:

    Book: Definitely yes and I will buy one!
    Format: I’d leave out half of the fun if I’d choose how your book should look like. I never had an idea for your first one and really loved it when I saw it the first time. So it’s your turn to choose. I’m fine as long as it’s possible to ship it to Austria…
    My favorite picture(s): It’s just one and it’s a quick decision but it’s that one I really remembered very well and it’s not one from your selection: It’s from your last post about Coogee: Heidi’s studio :: 1

  121. Deanna says:

    5
    10
    29

    all very special images, you’re a talented lass

  122. Kathy says:

    I would love to buy a book, if it will be somehow available in Germany. But I’d like a smaller size, A5-ish.

    My most-loved pic is the 8!!! But 12 and 30 are favourites as well :)

    • Louise says:

      You’ll be able to order it online at least. Thanks for your suggestions!

  123. Lisa Claridge says:

    Louise. They are all so beautiful. If I was going to frame one, my choices would be
    8, 20, 15, 25, 31
    When is your Sydney exhibition?

    • Louise says:

      It opens July 20 for four months. Eek! So much to do before then.

  124. Katy says:

    I know I am a bit late to comment but I would buy a book, maybe a larger sized one – more coffee table style.

    Favourite pictures… 10, 11, 12, 17, 24, 25, 28 and 34!

    I have loved following your blog and look forward to checking out your exhibition in the near future!!

  125. kashmira says:

    1, 2, 9, 10, 13, 20, 25, 29.

  126. Lilli B says:

    3, 4, 5 ,7 ,8, 10, 11, 13, 30, 31, 34
    There are just so many amazing photos Louise! i cant wait to see your exhibition xo

  127. Anna says:

    Gasp, how to choose. Impossible. So it’s 1 to 34 from us over here and yes, many more on the global 2012 travels. Sorry this isn’t a very helpful comment, but it’s honest. Bring on a book, postcards and more!
    All fabulous.

  128. Anthony says:

    I’d definitely be up for a book. Not TOO large a format please as I have to be able to get it on a shelf. And without the ‘stencil-style’ thin cover of the first book (love the contents, am paranoid about the cover getting daggy almost instantly).
    The image selection above? A hard call, but under pressure not to spend all day thinking I’d say #3, #7, #12.
    I’m a sucker for a splash of bright colour on a monochrome/washed-out background. I love your juxtapositions of different images that can in some way be connected – I’m trying to learn from your example. Do you ‘pep up’ the colours in post-production – they often seem very saturated?
    Have you seen Hans Kemp’s ‘Bikes of Burden’?
    Cheers, and keep up the good work.

  129. Helga says:

    Hello Louise, the picture I like special is in New York/32/Crown Heights: The opposite – perfect lines. It shows your way of looking and pick similarities together, I love this. And I love the doorbell-pictures in Berlin, too. And… :-) Please give us a book ;-)

  130. Claire Stewart says:

    My beautiful picture and post card arrived! I love THEM!

    • Louise says:

      Oh good! Thanks so much for letting me know.

  131. Michelle says:

    I love the photo of the grandpa and his granddaughter giving him a kiss in Shimokitzawa.
    YES, I’d buy a book!

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