Judith Hoffman

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The quiet parlor of the fishes

Quiet Parlor of the fishes open edition artist's book
The Quiet Parlor of the Fishes ©2011 - 3.5 inches high. Accordion fold book and slip case. The book contains a series of ttv photos I took of my husband's project, The Quiet Parlor of the Fishes. The title comes from a Thoreau quote, which is printed under the photos. "I cut my way through a foot of snow, and then a foot of ice, and open a window under my feet, where, kneeling to drink, I look down into the quiet parlor of the fishes, pervaded by a softened light as through a window of ground glass, with its bright sanded floor the same as in summer; there a perennial waveless serenity reigns as in the amber twilight sky, corresponding to the cool and even temperament of the inhabitants. Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." Through the viewfinder (ttv) photos are taken with a digital camera, looking through the viewfinder of an old camera. The old view finder often has dust or other grit on it, adding a layer of mystery to the photo.

You can see all the photos in my flickr set, starting here. Epson UltraChrome K3 ink, Epson brochure and flyer paper. Open edition.
Quiet Parlor of the fishes open edition artist's book
Detail - front half. This book was made when I was learning to use our printer. Probably a mistake to take on a complicated project when you don't know your equipment. A project that I thought will take an afternoon ended up going on for several days.
Quiet Parlor of the fishes open edition artist's book
The second half of the book.