Charts

The way scale plays a role in my work is somewhat of an illusion. Either you are viewing my work online and it’s dimensions are only as large as your computer screen, or you have the opportunity to see them in person at a scale that blows everything out of proportion. I can’t say whether people often understand how small or how large I’m working when designing each photograph. When making the Wild Strawberry image, I could barely see the minute spider that is placed in the center of the image. When blown up to print size, the spider appears average size and the strawberries are no longer the small succulent fruits that grow wildly in grass, but are the size of a store bought california strawberry. 

When scanning and editing the image Charts, I was disappointed at how the large scale of the sea charts, was lost to the restricted size that was the film. When first printing it, people assumed that it was done on a table top, as if it would fit on an average kitchen table. I plan to redo this image next summer when I am in Vinalhaven, where I have the space to lay out multiple charts on the wooden floor of our boathouse. While taking the picture, my mom snapped a photo of me setting up the shot. It shows the scale and now if I could only figure out how to make it possible to show this in every image.

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