One of my favorite projects from my time working at the Peles National Museum has to be the exhibition of the Royal tableware. Conceived as a glimpse inside the habits and inner-workings of the way the Royal family would have breakfast, lunch and dinner, the exhibition took everything from silverware, table cloths and fine china to the logistics and protocol employed by the Royals for each and every meal.
The catalogue for the temporary exhibition proved to be a difficult beast to tame, mainly thanks to the fact that I had never before photographed fine china and silverware as a set. It's one thing doing a piece at a time, but a whole other ballgame when having to cram twenty or more pieces in a single photograph... and then make it look good and appealing.
The placesettings needed to be right. I had curators to handle that. But the photographs had to convey the feeling of actually being at a Royal affair. And that proved trickier than I thought at first. Another issue I faced was the fact that most of the pieces of silver were bigger than the photographing tent I had to work with. So I was forced to get creative. I used polystyrene as a white-ish background and took a photo of each piece individually.
That way, I was left with the simple but painstaking job of cutting them out of the background and making a collage.
The photograph I used for the cover took about an hour to set up. It depicts a typical breakfast arrangement. It was painstakingly cut since I couldn't move the table out of the room and didn't have a big enough background.
I have selected a few pages from the catalogue to showcase here. In total, it has 92 pages (with covers).
Thanks for looking through my work. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to let me know.