Would you like a look at Margaret Hales’ bedside table?
Margaret had taken off her jewellery for the night. Tired after a dinner invitation at the Thornton’s, she had lit her candle and retired to bed. Those Allenbury Pastilles were a godsend in the harsh, cold climate of a Northern town such as Milton. She had come to the habit of keeping them close at hand, savouring the blackcurrant sweetness while reading a chapter of her bedside literature, a sophisticated novel by Charlotte Bronte, entitled Jane Eyre. Margaret sighed contentedly, reflecting on the confusing exchanges of affection between Jane and Mr Rochester. How could love be so cruel? Was class to be considered before the bonds of love? No, for class was of man’s making, wheras love was a quality bestowed by God. Margaret’s eyes fluttered with exhaustion. She extinguished the candle and lay back on her linen pillow. The dark handsomeness of Mr John Thornton appeared in her mind’s eye. She fell into a peaceful slumber, the memory of Mr Thornton’s hand clasping hers still burning on her fingers…
Wakey-wakey! That was just the intro to the presentation of the latest RAPS
but Guylty got carried away. Just like I got carried away when I was doing my customary shoot with my shrine creations last Saturday. Once again Mr Armitage has a good influence on my photographic practice. Not only do I enjoy drooling over his photos writing my *ooof*s, but he even motivates me to set up and style little still lives when I am documenting my shrine project. The latest Thornton shrine demanded a set-up contemporary to the time North and South is set in. Luckily I have a Georgian house at my disposal, and so the set-up was more or less ready-made. For a look behind the scenes of a Guylty RAPS photo shoot, I took a quick iPhone picture for you. There is the set-up in the drawing room, with my camera placed on a tripod in front of it. I did so for two reasons: a) I wanted to avoid shooting with strobes/flash because that would create shadows that made the still life look too contemporary. Shooting with available light, however, meant that I had to used slow shutter speeds which I would not be able to hand-hold. b) The table with the arranged objects was about waist-height – so even if I had shot with flash, it would have been very uncomfortable to hold heavy Marky Mark while bending down. Sciatica is calling.
If you have eagle eyes, you have already spotted the RAPS – Thornton Special in the shot. So here is a closer look at it.
The RAPS – Thornton Special was created for Helen, herself an artist who creates beautiful jewellery made from glass. You may remember my post from three weeks ago when I received Helen’s package, supplying me with some tins and gifting me with some of her amazing jewellery which she creates in her own workshop and sells in her own shop in North Norfolk, UK. You ought to pop over to her website seahorsestudio.co.uk and have a look at the cute shop. Love those duck egg blue windows!
In return for her generosity I promised her a Thornton RAPS, and since no two of them are alike, this one had to be different from the one I made for Agzy.
Thankfully, Helen had given me a few pointers as to which images of Mr Thornton she particularly liked. Thornton on the steps was her stipulation. I had to improvise a bit with the background of the diorama. The caps from the film did not show enough of the background, so I stitched it together from a couple of behind-the-scenes candids, and I added a bit of reference to Helen. But what you see above is only the half of it.
Here’s the other half of the shrine. *That* look, the head inclined, the open collar – *ooof*. I personally would not mind being berated by Mr Thornton not to call him master in public…
In fact, I’d probably provoke him at any given opportunity to say that to me.
Would Margaret have enjoyed owning a personal Thornton shrine? Well, she “owned” the original Mr Thornton,
lucky girl, so no need for a drooling aid…
I’ll be returning to my workbench now, to work on Lucas North. Because Helen sent me another parcel with supplies of tins, beads and three adorable little glass sheep, and she deserves another RAPS for that 🙂 And many many thanks for her generous and kind support. I am in tins and beads – and I love it.