After some meetings, I was ready to start. The meeting were time consuming as the things Maarten requested where ofter contradictory. It was important to show +-2500 pictures, but it was also important that you could see the photographic quality's of Maarten. At the same time the book couldn't be too big, as this would make it too expensive. Next to that, he wanted to tell his story. He traded his photography skills for one year for food and a home, and those adventures were very important for the project. There were also a lot of different kind of text, we had what we now call 'the memoires', Maarten's own expieriences, the experiences of the person with who he traded, AND he also wanted to write caption with some of the photos. As you can imagine, it's not easy to put all this in a book that is understandable. But who doesn't like a challenge? We decided on using a grid that refers to the time of analogue photography and to use different pages for the memoires. To keep the tension in the book, I designed in some white space.
As the book was evolving it was imortant to talk to the publisher (stockmans) about the limits of the book and show the design. He liked the design but we had to make sure the book didn't became too big. That meeting we talked about the paper, how it would be printed, and we decided that it would become an artbook because of the qaulity of the paper and the way it was designed.
After a rollercoaster of meetings and changes we finally started printing at the end of september.