I recently had several of my weavings professionally photographed, including seven weavings in my danskbrogd/X series that will be on display later in November. It was fun to meet with Peter Lee because he did such a lovely job, yet was so earnest about how he could fix much more in Photoshop. I sat next to him and answered his various suggestions with. “No, that is fine. No, that is fine. No, it is a textile; that’s fine.” The photos were already many times better than my best attempts. Look how the pile of the star rya actually looks three-dimensional.
On this one he suggested straightening the top right edge, with the red and black band (by the star on the detail shot below). It’s fine, I assured him. It’s a textile. It reminded me of looking at an exhibit at the Swedish Institute with Kraig Rasmussen, who hung scores of textile shows at the Textile Center of Minnesota. “No textile is ever square,” he commented.
On the “No Protection” piece the photographer suggested smoothing out a bump on the bottom portion; you can see it to the immediate right of the star in the detail photo. Ummm, no; I think I want to leave that amount of imperfection. He had already fixed a similar bump.