Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Barbara Simler (Edition 4, Group 3) -- Introduction


I signed up for the title "ghosts", and have been having a fine time reading up on the subject: Victorian spirit photography, sightings of ghosts, old graveyards, the Oxford English Dictionary definitions of the word "ghost", various drawings and photos of ghosts, and so forth. Where has it gotten me? Well, I have various sketches and doodles, and a fascinating collection of old photos.


Also, an idea that might possibly work for my contribution to group 3. This is my first time doing an edition -- most of my bookworks have been one of a kind books, so thinking in terms of an edition tied my brain up in knots a bit. I came up with a few ideas, but they were generally too elaborate to do as an edition. And the ideas that seemed simple enough weren't all that interesting. Also, there was an extended fixation on doing an accordion book, even though in the back of my mind I knew this was not going to be an accordion book. In other words, the usual preliminary muddles. But now I think I know what direction I'm going to go in, and how it fits the overall idea behind Edition 4. More details about that later....

4 comments:

rObfOs said...

I think we all like a good ghost story, so I think yours shall be an interesting book to follow.
I am taken with your Victorian photo with the spectre floating above the two seated people.
Is this an original montage or something more contemporary?

Barbara Simler said...

It's an original. If you do a search for "victorian spirit photography", there are a number of vintage photos of "spirits" -- some more convincingly photographed than others.

rObfOs said...

Thanks for the lead Barbara, some of these photo's must have seriously freaked people out back in the day! With little or no knowledge of photography these would have been really spooky and convincing. I think I feel a seance coming on (hee, hee).

Angela said...

Barbara these photos look great. You are in my group so really looking forward to see how this develops. Don't be too worried about this being your 1st edition. My very first edition was for the 1st BAO Project. I was stupid enough to decide to emboss lettering on the covering and spent hours cutting out teeny little letters, 10 times. Sara Bowen was even madder and made a box with embossed text all around :-)