Being neither a photographer nor a particularly gifted crafter, I’ve completely missed something called Photojojo. It seems that some very clever people started a website devoted to “the world of things you can do with your photos and with your camera that no one ever told you about.” Now they’ve compiled the madness into a book, and good karma has delivered it into my hands.
The introduction to this book was enough to convince me. There are seriously skewed minds behind Photojojo! – and I mean that in the best possible way. Even better than the sideways sense of humor is the willingness of the authors to tell you things you never knew. For example, did you realize that “Placing a photo on many small household items neutralizes their evil powers and turns them into harmless picture stands” ? With that in mind, Gupta and Jensen explain exactly how to convert tealights, forks, and even Chuck Norris into innocent stands for your prizewinning photographs.
Like most of us, the authors recognize that it just isn’t possible to have enough snow globes. I can’t describe my joy at finding a new variety that we can make in our very own homes using only glitter, corn syrup, and – of course—a snapshot that we’ve taken ourselves.
Photojojo! includes fifty (at least) projects that even I can manage, and it’s a safe bet that no one else on the block will have anything like them. Mosaics, puzzles, ornaments, wallets, lampshades, you name it – the ideas are heaped up like a mountain of mashed potatoes in this book.
Some of you may be thinking, ‘Yeah, but I suck at photography.’ No need to worry. Amit Gupta and Kelly Jensen knew you’d be concerned about that, so they’ve included an entire section of tips for improving your snapping skills while having more fun than you ever imagined possible. These authors are not just thinking outside the box: they’ve turned the box into a macaroni-covered Mobius strip that you can claim for your very own. (I checked – nowhere in this book does it say that you have to give credit to Photojojo! for your completed project.)
Want to decorate your crib with something original, eye-catching, and economically friendly? Want to relive those halcyon days of paste and pipe cleaners? Want to spend a little quality time with your own future self?
Okay, so maybe your goal isn’t quite that lofty. How about this? Photojojo! will keep a room full of kids (or adults) busy all afternoon. Teachers, Scout leaders, and frazzled parents need this book. The rest of us can simply enjoy the off-center creativity and humor, whether or not we ever participate in the disposable camera chain letter.
Sheer genius, folks. Photojojo! is more than just a collection of craft projects – it’s a clever plot to rewire your brain.