After following From Me to You, Francine and I decided that it would be a good idea to make a gif (pronounced with either a soft or hard g, not sure which one). This, however, turned out to be a very difficult task due to google not really liking gif's. Anyway, after about 50 emails and much perseverance we (and by "we" I mean Francine) figured it out. My first idea for the gif was to have a book turning its pages on its own to look like magic. In my mind this looked beautiful and I thought it could be accomplished until I sat there posing for Francine and realized that something was going to have to move the pages of the book. Maybe it's just because I'm the person moving the book in this photograph, but I get a little bit tired when looking at myself move the pages over and over. However, I am not disillusioned with the whole gif thing, and I actually really love the result.
The Blue Fairy Book is one of my most treasured gifts from my late Grandfather. It is edited by Andrew Lang with illustrations by Charles van Sandwyk and was first published in 1889. The compilation includes some stories that we are familiar with such as "Little Red Riding Hood" while others seem rather obscure, with names like "The Brave Little Tailor." Interestingly, most of the stories have been translated by women. I wonder if that was a common form of work for women in the late nineteenth century? I should ask my friend Larissa, whose a bit of an expert at these types of things. I really enjoy just sitting and looking through the pages of this beautiful book, all the while thinking of my wonderful Grandfather.I'm wearing a lovely Nadinoo blouse in one of my favourite prints by Liberty of London and a black kilt by aa. The idea of the outfit, however, came from this amazing bow that I saw on Francine the other day. I basically told her immediately that I needed it for a shoot. Thankfully she was generous enough to lend it to me, and then take the photographs.
And I suppose that's all I have to say for today. Have a lovely weekend.