Do you like to experiment? (With books, of course.)

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When I mention experiments, don’t think science lab. Think book.

Lately we’ve seen some fascinating experiments turned into books. Take recent RISD grad, Jeff Barnett-Winsby. His book Upon First Meeting, Strangers on Craigslist is based on a photography experiment and subsequent gallery show.

Essentially, he posted this ad on Craigslist. Then Jeff let fate take its course. The characters who replied are interesting, entertaining, and diverse. Jeff’s portraits and commentary really convey their humanity and quirkiness. The result is great fodder for a photography exhibit and a book. We were so intrigued.

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But wait, there are others. Derek Powazek tested two Lomo LC-A cameras and ended up with Lomo in Stereo. It’s a photography book comprised of diptychs with a subtle shift in point of view stemming from two cameras focusing on the same shot. Scott Morgan experimented with Photoshop and made a book. And we previously blogged about Wil Van Iersel’s book a week experiment.

What we’re getting at is this: You can experiment with anything and document it in a book. People are playing around with this and we’re seeing series, themes, Flickr projects, and personal assignments showing up in books. And they’re all pretty damn great.

So tell us, what experiment might you turn into a book?

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