Well, the clock is ticking and we are getting close to being able to start on our projects. I have solidified my theme, Around The House, and have even come up with a subtitle of “Dance of the shadows.”.
This morning, as I was getting ready to go to work, I noticed some beautiful shadow patterns underneath one of the chairs in the sunroom. I went to grab my camera, sat on the floor, and took a few pictures. Then, I came to my computer to create a cover for the book. Naturally, this will not be the cover, but is only a practice run. I just want to carve out a few ideas. I still need to tweak fonts, placement, colors, etc.
Some weeks ago, I had already decided on format. Oddly enough, I picked a square format. I shoot lots of verticals and a few horizontal images; however, the square format, you can see, offers no advantages to either and offers advantages to both. The challenge is in defining the borders to make things look nice. Sometimes, the borders will be on the top and bottom, other times, at the sides.
I waffled a bit on my theme thinking that I may not find enough interesting pictures, but then I thought, interesting to whom? Everyday that I walk around the house in the evening or morning there are really cool shadows and patterns dancing about everywhere, so getting 35 shots should not prove to be a hardship, unless it’s cloudy for my entire 35 days, then I might have to switch themes!
As for the font, I have decided to use Garamond. In the book about designing books, this font is suggested as one of the more pleasing and easy to read fonts, having not so formal a look as other fonts. It makes for easy reading and seems ideal for a coffee table book, a book that you’d like to sit, relax, and enjoy.
I guess that I’ll start, in earnest, sometime in April … perhaps after I file my taxes and get rid of that nastiness! It will give my mind a chance to clear!