Project 52

Assignment 35 - An Elegant Writing Tool

This week's assignment was to illustrate an article on a great writer who is deceased.  The writer was known for her mystery novels, and most of them were written by hand or typewriter during the forties and fifties. One of the more remarkable things about this writer was that she always took herself to a location that would feature prominently in her novel, one of which was (fictionally) my town, and the book was entitled "The Second Time You Die." 

I attempted to find an old typewriter, but couldn't find anyone locally who had one.  Upon returning from vacation, I decided to use a fountain pen set I borrowed from my mother-in-law, which luck would have it, had red ink!  Perfect for a murder mystery.

A few years ago we got an old looking phone for the library Doug built in our house.  I grabbed the phone and raided the library shelves and found some classic looking books with mystery and drama titles to use in the shot.  I set up the scene using a desk lamp near the window in my studio.  I wanted it to appear as if the author was in the midst of writing the story, so I created some script on paper (thanks to Microsoft's thousands of fonts) and used the red ink to simulate blood on the pages. 

I decided against a complicated lighting set up and went with the dusky light coming through the window and the desk lamp to illuminate the scene.  I used some white cards on the sides of the table to kick light back into the scene, as well as using a small white card to add light to the titles of the books and the dial of the phone (behind the scenes photo at the end).  The image below is a composite of six shots:

Next week's assignment is a "free shoot" with some instructions.  We are to create two complimentary images, one using natural light and one using studio light.  The goal is to have them match each other in color, style, etc.  Not sure what to shoot yet, but I'll figure something out.

Behind the scenes:  simple setup using the light from the window, table lamp and white foam core cards on either side kicking light back into the scene.

Behind the scenes:  simple setup using the light from the window, table lamp and white foam core cards on either side kicking light back into the scene.