In 2003 my sister, Joanne Felk, was killed in a car accident. Jo was a gifted and highly awarded Australian photographer who left behind an amazing portfolio of work and it has always been goal of mine to publish a book of her work, primarily as a legacy for her 3 sons and something special to remember her by for anyone who loves her work. I have had a few stops and starts on the book but this year it has been one of my priorities to finally get it done. I thought I might chronicle the development of the book here to share the journey….
To begin. I clear my workspace and start refining the concept for the book. Simply put: a book of Jo’s images (illustrative, fine art, wedding, commercial, kids) combined with anecdotes, comments or pics about her and the images she took.
Stories. Start thinking about who I should contact, talk or write to so I can start gathering the anecdotes . The list is growing and includes friends, work colleagues, clients, family, students (thank goodness for Facebook). Did I forget someone?
Images. Shane (Jo’s husband) drops off the work that was stored at their home to complete the collection of work I had gathered from her studio. Problem! I can no longer get into my study! Solution: we have just renovated and created a new living space – guess where the work is going? (Lucky I haven’t put the carpet down or bought the furniture – yet!)
I am already discovering treasure in those boxes and can’t wait to see the content develop. More later….