Marja-Leena Rathje
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onionskin1.jpg day in the kitchen...

Marja-Leena | 02/06/2008 | 13 comments
themes: Nature, Photoworks


Even the kitchen scraps are beautiful!

Thanks Dave and Joan! Isn't it amazing what beautiful textures and colours can be found in the ordinary? I was captivated with these the other day and saved them for some more scannography.

Loved the captured delicacy and the Proustian moment it evoked. In Loire Atlantique, where we used to have a house, we cooled down in summer by drinking Pelure d'Oignon, a very cheap, very dry, almost white rosé. Fine if you stuck it in the freezer for an hour and consumed it as a quasi-Slurpee.

Oh my! I must start playing with the scanner, these are so stunning!

Lovely! Yes, Proustian evocations... I was thinking of the Easter eggs my dad's family dyed with onion skins.

Hi Barrett, that drink sounds awful! The only frozen alcoholic beverage I've had is Danish aquavit, quite good, even the herbal one. I wonder if it comes in onion...

Lucy, I bet you'd come up with wonderful images!

Leslee, thanks, and it is interesting what thoughts and memories this evokes. Dyeing Easter eggs is a wonderful one!

So beautiful- I would never have believed that a few skins in a scanner could produce this subtlety of colour and texture and pattern.

Hi Anna, yes, you just have to try out these things. I love the surprises!

Meant to ask before. Could you do a short spec of your camera, please?

Barrett, this image was taken by my scanner, Epson Perfection 4990 Photo. My favourite camera is our SLR Canon EOS Rebel XT with 18 to 55 mm lens, plus another lens 55 to 200 mm. (I'd love to get a macro lens for it!) We also have a much smaller, handy Panasonic Lumix.

Coming late to it, I have to add to the chorus of praise for the scanned onion skins. I like to think of the image magnified into a large picture or even huge mural.

Joe, thanks! I've been thinking for a while about printing up some of my photos using high quality archival papers and inks, just like my printworks - maybe a series of photoworks.