There are times when doing photographs that we cannot get what we want. Now for those following my blog you will know that I have been busy creating images for an upcoming exhibition. These images are multi-layered photographs of music, books etc.
Well for the last week I have been trying to get a multi-layered image of a bible. The first attempt certainly did not produce what I wanted. So I borrowed two bibles from a friend and tried those. They produced a couple of nice images but not quite what I wanted. I hummed and hah’ed over the next step. Do I pull the bible apart, all 893 pages and start again or do I just say what I have is good enough.
This where persevering pays off. I decided o pull the bible apart (not my friends bible). That little exercise took me quite a few hours as I carefully removed each section from the binding and then even more carefully extracted each page from its section. This was delicate very thin paper which so easily tore. Finally I had them all separated. So it was time to take the photos.
Using my Pentax 645z which has in camera averaging I proceeded to take roughly 447 photographs required to get the composite image. Another two hours of careful placement of each page in a mask and snap away. Finally a few adjustments in photoshop and this is the result. Exactly what I was after.
The moral of this story. Persevere until one gets what one is after.