Endure and Preserve met today and though the books were truly impossible to photograph, we could feel them grinning at each other as much as we were as they looked each other up and down, then lay quietly beside each other like coupled companions.
I had very little success in photographing these books and I am sure when you see more photographs of the individual books, you will see why.
The books began their life ingrained with angst and really during their making seemed to hold that angst tightly to their chests. I thought I was the only one having problems, not just with pinning down a thousand ideas into one that would work, but also in the actual construction of the book. More of this will be revealed when we post on our individual books.
Apart from the delight in our books, enhanced perhaps because of the struggle in realising them, the thing I enjoyed absolutely the most today, was spending time with Fiona. As she said in passing today, we have hardly seen each other since November. And that is true. My life was a tad manic from about September last year, and then I had so many trips both local and overseas, followed by a time of incredible busyness and then hibernating for a couple of months due to poor health. So, although we live very close by and are great friends, there just simply has not been the opportunity other than a snatched hour here and there. Today was bliss.
We had time to talk about our next, and last, book and to plan our exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery later this year. Big sigh.
I had hoped now to have been heading to bed but have only just made it onto the computer to post on the books' meeting, and then I also want to write another post as tomorrow I am leaving very early for New Zealand and will be away from blogland.
|As you can see, it is very difficult to see what these books are like though you get a hint.|
|Fiona's pages of words wrought beautifully throughout her book.|
|In my book her words have been burnt, bled and obliterated in order to make the book look like work I have made.|
|In both our books there is a delicious layering effect through the perspex.|
I have included a couple of photographs of my book as a teaser but also to show you how much the surrounding light can affect the book. I love the image above reflecting the blue of the sky which was flooding the room upstairs when I was trying to photograph.
The image below was taken in the studio under harsh light. No lovely blues - and probably a more honest representation of the book. Only a professional photographer will actually be able to get any decent photos of the books and I think we will both resort to that down the track.
Off now to write a post on Preserve. A name I like but upon which I have not yet settled....