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June Photo Challenge - Elements of You

The June photo challenge was to choose a person and element that you think matches their personality and then take portrait-style photographs of that person and the photos of the element or things made from the element along with journaling that tells why you chose the element you did for the person. 

My first idea came to me INSTANTLY.  My live-in boyfriend, Christopher is a brilliant and talented woodworker.  He starts with raw lumber, mills it himself and ultimate creates museum-quality furniture and cabinetry.  He spends a lot of time refurbishing antiques and refinishing all kinds of wooden items. 

Wood speaks to me of who he is, as noted in my journaling.  I used a quote:  "Wood isn't important in itself but rather in the fact that objects made in it are unique, simple, unpretentious.  - Georg Baselitz

The jounaling on the left page says "rough, raw, full of potential, hard but pliable" and "chizeled, smooth, carved, detailed, polished, warm"

The journaling I featured on the right side is "unique, original, genuine"

I built the layout on Tropical grid paper and used Creative Imaginations' Real Wood in Thin Cherry - it is a 12x12 sheet of real wood thinned down to milimeter thickness that is cut just as easily as sturdy cardstock. 

I used portrait photographs of Christopher in nature, in the woods.  For the wooden items, I used a combination of raw wood from the forest, unfinished/stripped projects, and finely polished, finished products.

Shared by Deborah White on June 4, 2012 | Memory Date: June 4, 2012
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Love all your ideas and the pics of Christopher "in his element" in the woods. I especially like the one which lets us see just how big that tree was! Wish I could have a close encounter of the third kind with some of his creations. The wood is a great idea on your page. I saw it in the store, but I couldn't figure out how to use it. Great job--hope Christopher appreciates it.
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  June 12, 2012 at 5:19 am   
Beautiful layout. I love the "wood" cardstock. I have never seen that product but it is so perfect for your pages. I love the lettering your used on on your title. And it is great to see some of Christopher's projects featured in your tribute to him.
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  June 11, 2012 at 5:21 am   
Love the wood sheet that you used, I haven't seen that, will have to look for it. I love seeing all he has created, my oldest son works in wood as well so I know the photos you've shared although great, don't do the pieces justice! I like the mosaic of the forest with the center with him featured, very nice and I too, love getting the scale of the log with him next to it. Gnarley old roots are great elements for the photo shoots. Well done Christopher and Deborah!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  June 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm   
Wow he has made some impressive things! Love how you pulled it all together, including wood paper!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  June 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm   
I love these pictures and they way they are laid out. The journaling really tells us how you view your boyfriend. My elder son works with wood - makes unique boxes and carved/polished bowls, as well as the wonderful bookcase in my craft room - so I really appreciate what lovely work your Christopher does.
Posted By: Libby Wiers  |  June 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm   
The photo of your boyfriend with the huge log is great! I also like the photo of him with the tree roots. I like how you positioned the title and the journaling. Looks like Christopher is a talented guy.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  June 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm   

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