THE TWILIGHT ZONE:
Yes indeed, my twilight zone happening are continuing whilst on work on panel 2 of "Numbers".
It so happens that many of my clients have had books written about them or their experiences. Such is the case with Sam and Esther. I do get a copy of the book and read it prior to embarking on a Visual Anthology.
Whilst reading this book...
I decided I wanted to add a photo of the ship, the SS Derna, that brought so many migrants and Holocaust victims to Australia.
So me being me I rang the author who happens to live in Sydney and who is well aquainted with my parents. Well, Diane Armstrong was busy with her next book and would only have been able to have given me the photo a couple of weeks after my request. Plus the photo's were copies, not originals.
Hmm, I wanted one then and there, so I contacted another friend whose father was on the same ship but her dad passed away last year and she was not sure he had any photo's.
As it happened my mother popped over for a cup of tea the next afternoon. I mentioned that I rang Diane. To my surprise, my mother said...
"Oh, last night we had dinner with someone and someone (names witheld)".
"I have known her for over 50 years and only last night did I discover that she was on the same ship as Sam and Esther. Give her a call.
So I called the lady in question and BINGO!!!
She had the original photo's of the ship and the passengers and she was the one who provided Diane with the images for the book.
TWILIGHT ZONE 2:
Remember how we were not sure who the other kids were in this photo.
And remember how I was telling you about how I needed/wanted a photo of the lady who was responsible for Sam and Esther being able to migrate to Australia.
And remember how I said it was my friend Annika's grandmother.
Well, last night I went to Annika's place and got the photo I needed to start panel 2.
Sure I could have just retrieved the one photo.
But, as happens with these Visual Anthologies, it has become apparent that when I am researching the stories and retrieving photo's, not ever seen by the recipient, that the people I contact start going on their own familial journey.
Such was tha case with Annika.
I took home a scrapbook/project she had done in high school about her family. The original photo's were stuck in the book so i wanted to scan them as they were.
Annika's grandmother is pictured here with five of her eight siblings.
LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE LITTLE BOY.
He is the same boy, only a bit older pictured in the photo with baby Sam.
I love it!!!!!!!!!
Next week I am going with Annika to see her father who is very unwell and we will try and work out for sure who the little girl is, we are pretty sure it's one of the 9 children in this family.
By the way, all 8 of Annika's grandmother's siblings were killed in the Holocaust.
How she survived and was able to bring Sam and Esther to the haven that is Australia is part of panel 2's story. For that, you will have to wait a bit longer.
I am working feverishly on the panel.
I will upload some photo's or sneaks in the next couple of days.