The book’s space interviews: DOM (Document Object Model)


09 nov The book’s space interviews: DOM (Document Object Model)

Book: DOM (Document Object Model)
Photographs: Julia Borissova
Book design: Julia Borissova
Editor: Self-Published
Date of publishing: 2014
N° of copies: 100
Dimensions: 24×33 cm
Binding: Gatefold softcover, swiss brochure, handmade binded
Paper: Ozone Offset 160 g and 120g / Elation 240 g cover


Which are the 5 indispensable pictures for this book?

Photographer: I wouldn’t say that in my book there are some pictures that are less indispensable. They are all important. Maybe I could choose two or three, in my opinion, which are more powerful.

What is the framed structure of this book?

P: I imagined this book as some kind of exhibition, as an object which can be transformed quickly and show the images in different ways. So the book contains three major parts: the first one shows that there is an outer space (the houses that are in the landscape), the second part symbolizes the memory space. And then, when you open gate folders to enter the second part, you meet the people who tell their stories (the third part).

How did you choose your book designer?

P: It was simple because luckily I am also a designer.

What was your approach to get into the photographic project?

P: Working on this project in the first place I had myself to create objects for my shooting and collect information about my theme. I explored my topic in all its aspects and only later on started thinking about the layout of the book.

How did you develop the work on the book?

P: To find the right solution I have tried different ways of layout. I have shown my project to the various experts and whenever I had a chance I tried to tell about my work. Slowly I realized how all the different stages of my work could be combined into one product.


Which narrative slant did you choose for this book and why?

P: I have made my book without any narrative structures at all. This work was like a laboratory and I wanted to show the results of my research, visualize my thoughts. I hope that everyone who takes this book can imagine his own story.

What’s the difference between the book and the photographic project slant?

P: This project is very complicated, it’s impossible to put everything that I’ve done in the book. For instance, I can’t show how flowers were growing up in my house models and how I had to take care of them and couldn’t leave them even for one day. The voices of all those nice people who told me their stories can not be heard here… There is only a little that I ‘ve selected for this book.


How did you choose the materials and the kind of printing?

P: First of all I had to find a way to print the book with a large but digital format (as gatefolders have the size 606 x 210 mm). And then I realized that no one wants to sew my book, because the pages have different size, so I decided to do this by myself without changing the idea.

How the materials’ choices are connected to the photographic project?

P: For printing I have chosen the paper Offset Ozone that has good features and not glossy. The images printed on this paper have effect like paintings that adds the surreal sense to my project. I took the hard paper (160 g) for major pages and for small pages that are inside – thinner (120 g). For the cover I found paper with texture, thus when you touch the book, there is a feeling of the house walls.

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