I apologize for my post being late. I was attempting to prepare another post for the blog when I was planning to write this one and that other post took practically all of my time (and patience). So if I’m “breaking” any SIA rules for evening posting, please forgive me. 😉

Moving forward, this SIA challenge is hosted by Jen, over on Librarian For Life And Style, and she chose a series of photographs taken by Anna Atkins, a photographer who lived in the 19th century. What I found interesting about Anna Atkins was that she learned about the process of photography from English scientist, William Henry Fox Talbot (I think that his name is like the coolest name ever), who I remembered studying a little about in one of my art history classes back in college. You can read more about him here. He basically invented the process of developing photographs from the negatives, using salt print paper. He’s one of the reasons we have cameras now, before digital cameras took over. Thank you Mr. Talbot.

But getting back to Anna, by taking what she learned from Talbot, she was able to develop these ‘photogenic drawings’, which you can see some of them on Jen’s blog.

The color is very monochromatic, blue and white basically, so that is the route I went.

Anna Atkins SIA 1

Anna Atkins SIA 2

A blue shirt with blue jean. I’m not a jeans kind of guy and rarely, if ever, wear them. But they were the perfect addition for this particular SIA. The real focus however, is the shirt and particularly the logo of the library in which I work at. I don’t have too many shirts with embroidery on them, so when I discovered this in my closet, I automatically jumped at the chance to use it for this challenge. Like the blue and white theme of Atkins’ photos, I also when with a blue and white color scheme. Looking at this, I really could have done better at presenting my outfit (I hate those wrinkles!), but it was the best that I could do at the time. At least I can say that I tried.

So that’s all for me. Be sure to check in on Jen’s blog this coming Wednesday for the full round-up of how everyone else went about in interpreting these photos with their outfits. And be sure to visit Jen’s co-founders of SIA, Salazar over on 14 Shades of Grey, and Daenel on Living Outside The Stacks to see their interpretations. They did great!

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