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Retrospective Book

Retrospective is a personal photo-book reflecting on my ever evolving relationship with land and natural spaces. Moving around as a child meant constantly adapting to a new environments. Written, designed, and partially photographed by me, I invite you to a visual walkthrough of my past with personal reflections and images of when I feel most connected: the time I spend in nature.

Joy Panjaitan

Publication Design

For the most part, Third Culture Kids grow up without strong roots. Home to not one specific place but considering many places home, a relatively nomadic childhood means constantly prioritizing change. This photo book aims to acknowledge the value of reflecting on the past. Inspired by Indigenous wisdom, I was inspired to deeply consider my relationship with natural spaces I am surrounded with and how land has functioned differently each time I moved.

Among the places I've relocated in, I decided to choose 3 specific areas that I have revisited at least once and have enough photography of: Bacolod City, Philippines, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, and The Greater Toronto Area where I currently live. These make up the 3 sections of the book. With these categorizations in mind, I created a layout system that alternates between showcasing relationships between two images as well as full spreads to emphasize the dynamism of a particular photograph.

The serif typography and treatment chosen is also meant to establish a nostalgic but classy and sophisticated accompaniment to the bolder visuals. In addition to these images, feel free to scrub through a video displaying all the book's pages below.

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