It was like Christmas; opening boxes – two Quattro Flourescent light sets, daylight balance light bulbs (35 watts each), reflector diffuser, and a portable translucent shooting table. After taking a class at Calumet http://www.calumetphoto.com/on how to photograph small things, I bought some equipment for my studio. I needed some lighting anyway. When my studio ceiling began to fall down (the chunks were an inch thick) I tore out the light fixtures. I have no lights in there – only a wall of windows – great natural light. So I needed the lights anyway . The table top desk is good because I can put it on the floor and shoot looking down at the object. Now I will have no excuse – better photographs of my Artists Books. I’m not counting these images though. I took these with my iphone, I couldn’t wait. I just wanted to set uo everything right away and try it out. The “book” is a collaborative book I made with my grand daughter. You can see I borrowed her swan which has become a permanent part of my Artist Book, ‘ The Queen’s Swans.’
‘The Queen’s Swans’ is made up of 20 accordian books containing original watercolor and graphite drawings of the swans on the river Thames near Windsor Castle and a plastic swan. The pieces are housed in a box with a bamboo cover.