Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fooling Around with Spirits

The outside of my new old book

While I've been sick I've been fooling around with this altered book. I'm pretending it was written by a very old woman who has been a spirit medium and accompanied her late husband around the U.S., England, and Italy. The husband was a photographer of spirits.

This old lady can't use her hands too well, but she created this album to remember better days. Spirit photography was very popular toward the end of the 19th century. If you google spirit photographs you'll see lots of them, and very fakey they are, too. I wanted the photographs in the book to look fake also, though my old lady believes in them completely. It's hard to read her margin notes, so I'll add them under the pictures.

Left: "Spirit Photograph, Mrs. Nelcott and Son."
Right: "Monsieur Armande with his spirit guide.
Taken at his last seance before leaving for the Continent."

Left: "Spirit Photographs taken in Italy by my Dear Husband--
May he rest in peace."
Right: "Mr. Vance and his Sister's Spirit"

Left: "June 1889. Pupils of Miss Freeman's School.
Two of them are now Mediums--Miss Price (back left)
and Miss Griggs (right front.) Miss Price may have the
Greater Gift. I found a button belonging to Miss Price."
Right: "I hope I am not immodest in including this--A
photograph of Me with my Crystal Ball and a Spirit--1875."

Left: The Haunted Door Plate at Crossley Manor, Suffolk
"We Saw This"
Right: "My dear Henry took this of Mrs. Pettigrew, the Medium.
My Mentor"

Left: "Augusta Jane Taylor-The Youngest Medium
in this Country with a materializing Spirit. Aged 9 at
this Time. Such a Dear."

Pretty silly, but fun to write and create as someone else!


Jessica - Domestic PDX said...

Wow -- this is amazing, Serena! I love the texture and the concept of your altered book.

Dayna Collins said...

Your creativity and imagation is amazing. Such rich texture and a feeling of being old and mysterious.