The Analogue Reader: How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith


“To document and observe the world around you. As if you’ve never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.” This is the mission given to us by by Keri Smith in her book!

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How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Art Life Museum aims to help busy people find a creative outlet in the midst of their routines, rather than cramming it all into special creative times.

Keri Smith is the author of several bestselling books about creativity, and as a freelance illustrator she has worked for a wide variety of clients worldwide. She is also a guerilla artist and maintains her own blog.

In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists. This book teaches that everything around us, from coffee cup rings on notebooks to a crumpled up leaf, is the stuff of great art, and merits closer observation and analysis.

From writing prompts, such as “Make a poem based on the titles of books,” to activity suggestions, like creating a natural mini-ecosystem, the reader will be delighted in this hand-written, hand-drawn book. There’s space in the back for documenting objects and experiences found in his own life, and plenty of encouragement to look closely at the world and expressing what we see. The interactive format pushes us to consider the procedural process through which we perceive and prescribe meaning to reality.

© 2008 by Keri Smith, Perigee Books via

Here’s an example: Exploration #46: “Found Patterns — Collect or document as many patterns as you can find while on your travels. You may decide to use only patterns in nature, or human-made, or both. Pencil rubbings work well for this.”

© 2008 by Keri Smith, Perigee Books via

The exploration is #35 is “Invisible City” where readers recreate their city as a magical or mythical place. Hey, fellow Lomographer, can you do that? Document it with great shoots to share with us! This mission in not impossible!

Here in Lomography, we are all lovers of all things analogue, in various aspects and varying degrees. If you’re one of those who prefer reading the analogue way, you might want to check out the rest of the articles in The Analogue Reader series!

written by andredimu on 2012-01-25 #art #lifestyle #science #world #creative #creativity #lomography #analogue-lifestyle #explorer #the-analogue-reader #keri-smith


  1. davideji
    davideji ·

    OMG I made exactly the same article in german, but I couldn't post it because of my lame WLAN :/ I love this book so much!

  2. andredimu
    andredimu ·

    you can always translate it, it would be kind of you! ;)

  3. anafaro
    anafaro ·

    Love her books! Have the "Wreck This Journal"! :)

  4. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    Wow, this book seems nice too! I'll add it to my book wishlist!

  5. davideji
    davideji ·

    @abdredimu I will :)

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