The inspiration came from a few places, but mostly it came from trying to keep our frozen margaritas from melting too fast while on a sunny Austin patio. While brainstorm-sketching on printer paper as the sun beat down on our table, we propped some paper up next to our water glasses in an attempt to give the margaritas some shade. The shadows that hit the back side were beautiful, both sharp and soft, crisp and fuzzy. It reminded us of Ruth Bernhard, like if elements from her 3 pieces “Lifesavers”, “Doorknob”, and “Configuration” were all melded into one image. Although these were all captured in camera, they have the feel if of lith-prints or vintage still life photos.
We took an iPhone shot of the paper and carried it around in our heads for almost 9 months, till finally, the idea crept back. So one afternoon we taped up a sheet of printer paper, and spent time making shadows…and margaritas of course.
In the end we developed a series of ten images, visually united by a monochromatic theme with hits of color where we found it most compelling.