This is an exciting day. I’ve been thinking through different challenges to making really interesting, colorful, sellable images using these reflection techniques. It’s hard to find photo opportunities with the kind of lines, curves, connections and colors that work well, especially in New England during March. Mud anyone?

It’s a problem using someone else’s photographs. Few of them have the right kind of imagery, for one thing, and sharing ownership with the original photographer is thorny.

Making borders that seem right is usually a problem, too, as when you cut off one thing at a convenient place, it usually cuts something else at an incovenient place.

But I woke up this morning with lots of ideas, and the best idea was to remember the stamp collection I inherited from my mother. I collected stamps briefly as a child, then put them away and never looked back. My mother evidently kept my collection and added to it. We lived in Naples, Italy at the time, my mother was a very good correspondent with friends all over the world, and she was neatly organized, so she’d snip off stamps and put them in envelopes. I didn’t know what had happened to the collection, but apparently it grew and grew. I suspect that over the years friends who collected stamps would die and their spouses would give them to Mom, knowing she had a collection. I infer this from the very different degrees of organization and knowledge shown in different parts of the collection.

When she died in 2006, we had no remaining collectors in the family, and it came back to me, only to sit in a box in the basement.

But stamps are the perfect solution to my needs! They are colorful, have fascinating geometry, are easy to arrange and photograph, present no copyright problems, and have a large body of people who are interested in them. And they already have nifty borders! Here’s a first effort:



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