More Found Object Books

  1. Peter and Donna Thomas. Australian Birds. 2004.                                   7.6 x 12.7 x5.1 cm. (3 x 5 x 2 in.)

“This book is about the birds Donna and I saw, and wish we had taken pictures of, on our 1996 trip to Australia. Collaged images and text from a book about Australian birds were glued to handmade paper folios. The pages were sewn and bound Coptic-style, with two halves of an Ultronic Panoramic Camera as covers.”


  1. Peter and Donna Thomas. Waves of Santa Cruz. 2004.                            6.4 x 12.7 x 4.4 cm. (2.5 x 5 x 1.75 in.)

“Surf photos usually focus on the surfer, Showing only a tiny section of the wave. This book, with a narrow landscape format, directs the focus to the wave, and, in perspective, shows how small a surfer really is. An accordion book, with cut-up photos of me surfing, was bound between the back door and film pathway of a Vivitar EZ35 camera.”


  1. Peter and Donna Thomas. Mary Jane 1907-2001. 2004.                            8.9 x 13.3 x 7cm. (2.5 x 5.25 x 2.75 in.)

“Photographs taken by my grandmother were color-copied, cut, and glued to an accordion book that is mounted in the film pathway of my grandmother’s Beacon 255 camera.”


  1. Peter and Donna Thomas. A surfing Safari. 2004.                                    6.4 x 11.4 x 4.4 cm. (2.5 x 4.5 x 1.75 in.)

“The scrolling format was used to feature a laser-printed collage of panoramic photographs taken of surfers at San Onefre, a surf spot in southern California. The scroll is wound where the 35mm. film would have been in an Ansco Pix Panoramic camera. Brass handles to rotate the scroll replace the film spools.”


  1. Peter and Donna Thomas. Flashback. 2004.                                             6.4 x 12.7 x 1.75 cm. (2.5 x 5 x 1.75 in.)

“Photographs of me, taken between 1969 and 1974, were color laser copied, cut, and glued to panels of a 24-panel H cut-and-folded single-sheet-accordion book. This book is housed in the bellow cavity of a Kodak Instamatic 104 camera, the actual one I owned when the photos were taken.”


  1. Peter and Donna Thomas. Harry Harrison. Wheelworld. 2004.                    17.1 x 10.8 cm. (6.75 x 4.25 in.)


“A circular hole was drilled into the text block of a paper-back book. The hole and surrounding pages were painted to resemble a road. The hole, imagined as a globe or world, was populated with a collection of slot car wheels taken from slot cars I raced when in elementary school.”