Visual Anthology - complete!
Well I finally finished off another one of my Visual Anthologies last week. My client picked it up on friday afternoon which just happened to be her birthday. Fortunately she was very happy and happened to have her children with her (they are grown ups btw). They were pouring over the books - it ended up being 2 - tears were flowing, emotions very raw but good emotions. I always get so excited to see the reactions - well, actually I usually only get to see the reactions of the person comissioning not necessarily the recipient - I usually have to wait for that reaction. But this time was a little bit different as the client comissioned it for herself.
It was very exciting, in particular, to see her and her kids' joy at seeing photo's of herself as a child that she/they hadn't seen. Without going into the situation at length - I had to retrieve photo's from a relative with whom they don't speak. That was a very difficult manoever on my part but I was successful. Hence, as the client commented - youv'e managed to get my life back - at least in photo's.
Well that was very satisfying - to know that I had assisted in giving her part of her history back, in photo's, but then again that's what I do. She is even more excited about that issue as she is expecting her first grandchild soon and was very comforted to know that she will, one day, be able to look at the books and show "from whence" she came.
So after all of that, I needed some down time, hence no posts here. Sorry, boring I know.
But it's very draining emotionally working on these life stories.
It's also unfortunate that I cannot post most of the works here too -privacy reasons on behalf of my clients. Soemtimes I can, but need to get their permission first.
Anyway I am onto the next big one which will comprise of about 4 books - huge really. Just sifting through literally thousands of photo's at the moment and fixing them up with photoshop.
Recently I got a very old book with some lovely illustrations - in fact Michael and I were fascinated by them as they had a thin piece of paper between the etching and the book. The illustration came through a bit and when we burnished it, ever so gently, it acted almost like a transparency. I scanned them and I would not necessarily use this one so I thought I would share it with anyone who was interested in using it.
I will upload a couple more when I can, if anyone is interested.
I went to my parents place the other day for dinner. My kids got there before me. The sun was going down, it had been a steamy yukky humid kind of day but as I walked in I snuck behind them very carefully and quitely cos I saw this scene... grabbed my camera and snapped this photo. Very hazy looking (which is why I like it) due to the weather but priceless, nonetheless.
Ciao for now.