This could not have come to completion without the generous help of a friend who brought his 12.1 megapixel camera to the scene today to spend time with me photographing what he calls the ‘diorama’ which is the cover for our first book – Story Without Words. I thank him, and I thank my son for his prompt professional cropping of the image for this kindle-sized ebook cover. I could not have done this without these dear men’s help.
I am relieved! This has been a long, carefully orchestrated, patient haul. Mod Podge, tissue paper, cardboard, glue, a few tin cans for the pillars, the careful printing by a young boy – and here it is. I tried in many shots to get the abuser’s right arm out of line from the bedroom prison bars, but in the end this was the shot with the best color and detail – and it must be meant to be this way. There would not be prison bars if there was not abuse….
It was a large construction, 36″ x 58″ to get all the pieces adjusted, attached, secured, leveled, plumbed — and I did the best I could do. I will be content. That the very top edge does not run perfectly level is, at least for now given the photographic abilities available, how this image will look. It is a simple, humble, “primitive” and childlike piece – and such an image belongs to such a story – such an important story – as this.
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