I would like to think that life is a series of chapters – each unique by itself, each with a colourful story to tell, each that should be chronicled. Photographs are snippets of those chapters frozen in time, pieces of our lives immortalized. I am glad I have photographs that dates back to a time long gone, one that I can barely remember now. Those black and white images serve as windows to my past.
There are many chapters of my journey in life that I would like to share with friends, if not with myself one day in the future. They are yarns that can only be weaved with experience and coloured with the crimson of blood, brackishness of sweat and passions of tears. They cannot be relived, only remembered fondly as they slowly fade from memory.
I thought it would be wonderful if those images could be compiled into a series of photo books, one for each chapter of my life. There are over 10,000 digital images and a few hundred more prints in my collection. Some of those prints are more than half a century old. Those are priceless gifts bequeathed to me by my parents, treasures that I will cherish forever. There must be an easier way to display them other than in albums.
When I was given the opportunity to review the Pixart Pocket Photo Book, I discovered that it has the features that I wanted and more. The Pocket Photo Book is more compact than the Pixart Coffee Table Book that I reviewed earlier this year. Truth be told, I fell in love with the book the first time I laid eyes on it. I liked the fact that I could incorporate photos into the hard cover.
The print and paper quality is as good as it can get. In fact, some of the more expensive coffee table books in my collection do not even use such thick paper stock. Smudges on the cover can easily be removed with a piece of soft cloth. For someone like me who leaves stuff all over the place, this is a plus point.
All said, the Pixart Pocket Photo Book is not only perfect a gift for loved ones or friends. It is compact enough to take along when you make that 6,000 km journey to meet the grandaunt in Melbourne that you have not met in two decades. At RM50 for 12 double-sided pages, it is not exactly a steal but can you put a price to precious memories?
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