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Review: Dear Photograph

July 15, 2012

Taylor Jones was sitting around the kitchen table with his family, looking at old photographs, when he realized that one of the pictures was taken right where they were sitting.  He held up the old photo, snapped a picture and began doing that with other old photos that were taken around the house.  He started a blog, wrote some captions, and posted the pictures.   As his blog grew more popular, he added Twitter and Facebook accounts, and people started sending in photos of their own.  The best of these have been combined to create the book Dear Photograph.

Dear Photograph is a gorgeous book, even on the outside.  That’s not a dust jacket you see – it’s the actual cover.  At the very front of the book is a spot to attach your own photo and caption.  I think it would be lovely to add a photo and a caption and give this book as a gift.

As you can guess, this book is very sentimental, so I was only a few pages into it before I was crying.  The photos are creative and nice, but the captions are the heart and soul of the book.  Some are cute and a few are funny, but most are filled with emotion.  Reading them will remind readers to stop and enjoy and cherish the moments they are living now.  It made me want to go back and visit old places to take some photos of my own.  I’m sure I’ll be flipping through this book over and over again.  Be sure to check it out, but have a box of tissues handy when you do.

I scanned a “Dear Photograph” many readers will be able to relate to:

Dear Photograph,
I climbed this tree and read books all summer
until the leaves fell down.
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27 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2012 5:50 am

    Loved this enormously. I’m guessing this will be an expensive book, but it is still the type I’d like to own!

  2. bookingmama permalink
    July 15, 2012 6:15 am

    This does look like a very special book.

  3. July 15, 2012 8:02 am

    I am very curious about this one. Thanks for sharing.

  4. July 15, 2012 9:28 am

    Now I could kick myself…I almost bought this a few weeks ago, but then I didn’t!! So now I must go back and get it…Your fault, me spending money in a book store! I would never do it on my own. :~)

  5. July 15, 2012 9:50 am

    I’ve done a few of my photographs in this way, went back and took a photo. But I really don’t have that many old photos. But I do think I would enjoy this book. Thank you so much for your review.

  6. July 15, 2012 10:29 am

    I love this for the idea alone! It’s good to hear it’s also well executed.

  7. talesofwhimsy permalink
    July 15, 2012 10:47 am

    Oooo I’ve seen these. I SO want to do this!

  8. July 15, 2012 11:15 am

    Oh, this sounds like a 3-kleenex-er!

  9. July 15, 2012 2:30 pm

    Oh … this sounds so amazing. I want to run to a book store right now and look at it!

  10. purplemoonmyst permalink
    July 15, 2012 2:59 pm

    Now I want to read this book! It sounds delightful.

  11. cherylmash permalink
    July 15, 2012 3:30 pm

    Another one added to my wishlist. You piqued my curiosity of the captions.

  12. July 15, 2012 4:02 pm

    How in the world did you find this wonderful book? It’s going on my WL and I’m going now to check out his blog!!

  13. July 15, 2012 4:41 pm

    What a great idea, though in my case, some of the places in the old photos no longer exist.

  14. July 15, 2012 4:41 pm

    I heard about that blog. What an amazing idea for a book!

  15. July 15, 2012 4:59 pm

    I haven’t heard of the blog or the book before, but this sounds right up my street! Thanks for sharing this with us 🙂

  16. July 15, 2012 6:04 pm

    This sounds absolutely fantastic!

  17. July 15, 2012 10:52 pm

    What a wonderful idea. Now I just need to find his blog.

  18. July 16, 2012 12:19 am

    What an absolutely lovely and creative idea! I will see if I can find this book at the library.

  19. July 16, 2012 7:10 am

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I’m going to look for it!

  20. zibilee permalink
    July 16, 2012 1:30 pm

    Oh yes, this is lovely, and I would certainly have a great time pouring over this one. Excellent review today, Kathy. You’ve made me really want to go out and grab a copy when I can!

  21. July 16, 2012 2:28 pm

    What a creative idea! This sounds like an interesting book–great fun to look at and marvel over.

  22. July 16, 2012 5:46 pm

    Yep, this is definitely one that would leave me crying. Which means I’m going to have to go buy it immediately.

  23. July 16, 2012 9:25 pm

    I’ve been following the Dear Photograph Tumblr for a while and I really recommend it. It’s such a good thing to read every day. I’m glad the book seems to be just as good!

  24. Patty permalink
    July 16, 2012 10:08 pm

    Oh it does look and sound lovely…I loved the excerpt that you chose. It is purely perfect!

  25. July 16, 2012 11:37 pm

    What a wonderful idea and it looks like the book is gorgeously done. Off to check out the blog.

  26. July 17, 2012 9:19 am

    Very cool. I will have to check out the book.

  27. July 20, 2012 10:32 am

    awesome book! i would love to have this sitting on my coffee table. 🙂

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