Still Life - Reading Jane Austen 1
I, for one, read Jane Austen's work over and over. When I read Jane Austen, I generally read from paper-bound books as they are lighter and easier to handle than the fine collection you see here.
I believe one cannot get enough Jane Austen. I wish that she left a greater body of work as her legacy to literature. I feel it to be a terrible waste that her writing career was such a relatively short one. But what a joy that she wrote what she did, that her works live on today, and with such tremendous popularity!
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
So begins Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, perhaps my most favorite, certainly, of all her works, and possibly of all books I have read in my life.
This photograph is my tribute to her wonderful art, literature, and memory. . .
The photograph is of my Illustrated, leather bound, collector's edition from The Easton Press of Nowalk, CT. The paperbacks in the background are "What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew," by Daniel Pool, "The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen - Minor Works," R.W. Chapman, "Letters From Pemberley - The First Years," by Jane Dawkins, "An Unequal Marriage, or Pride and Prejudice - Twenty Years Later" by Emma Tenant, and "Pemberley, or Pride and Prejudice Continued" by Emma Tenant.
This photo taken with the Canon 5D Mk II using the Canon 50mm f2.5 Macro lens, 1/1 sec. @ f22. Lighting: Ascor QC1000 Studio Stobe system using diffused quartz modeling lights, 1 head at 800watts in Large softbox upper left front side with large white card reflector on right side with 200watt diffused dish pointed into card reflector to soften shadows and add highlights to the gold pages of the books.
Processed using Camera Raw, Photoshop CS5, Topaz ReMask3, Topaz Adjust 5, and FastStone Editor.
Many thanks to SkeletalMess for the kind and generous sharing of his wonderful textures. Please visit Jerry's work at: www.flickr.com/photos/skeletalmess/
This photo is © copyright-registered material and cannot be used for any purpose without the express written permission of the copyright holder, Kevin D. Renz!
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