This week’s image is really just a play with the word “time”. The typewriter belongs to my mother, but it has lived here for years. Mum used to type all Dad’s invoices when he was in business. It is a heavy beast. What a job it was to type just these few words, forcing the keys down! Those touch typists in offices everywhere pre computers, must have had fingers with callouses on the tips and amazingly strong finger and hand muscles. They would have thought we are very tame nowadays with our soft touch keyboards. They could type at a very fast rate too, and the typing had to be 100% accurate, or it had to be redone. I like the look of the old font. I’ve deliberately processed the image to look soft, and with low contrast, to add to the feeling of age and time.
I’ve decided to make the next few images about time. We seem to have a few old watches and clocks. Some are ours, and others belonged to parents and others. A few years ago I made a card, a bit like the shells I did last week, with nine watches, for a birthday card. This image is part of the face of a clock, which has hung on our wall for years, never missing a beat until the earthquakes. Since then my husband has spent ages tying to get it to go again, consistently. It will go, but only for a few days or weeks, then stop. We will have to find someone to fix it very soon, as it is very frustrating for him.
For Week 40 I’ve done something that I have never attempted before, not in inDesign at least. I’ve done similar layouts in Photoshop, but have been wanting to try this using inDesign for ages, and today is the day.
I collected these shells in the Abel Tasman National Park in August, 2014. The weekend included a wonderful trip on a boat right to the far end of the Abel Tasman walk. It was a gorgeous warm spring day, no wind and the sea was like a mill pond. We stopped several times and the boat had a clever gangway thing which was lowered off the bow onto the beach, allowing the passengers to go ashore. I gathered up the shells as I wandered along the beach. After more than a year of doing nothing with them I finally had the urge to try this. Photoshop is perfectly fine for doing this sort of layout, but I knew that inDesign would be a lot easier. I bought a book ages ago on inDesign, and this morning I have enjoyed figuring out a suitable layout, and how to bring the images from PS into the inDesign document, then exporting it as a jpg and doing some final adjustments in PS to balance the backgrounds. That was the hardest part, and while I haven’t got them quite right they look a lot better than they did at the first attempt. The shells are all tiny. That doesn’t show up in the final image, but the scallop shell is only 1.5” across. and the little oyster shell is even smaller.
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.