Cee’s Black & White Challenge – Take a New Photo

The other day, clearing out the loft, I came across an old case that had presumably been in my late husband’s family. Very little in it, except for a couple of old books in very poor condition. One a bible, and one a book of common prayer. Inside the bible were notes about the owners, apparently dating from the 18th century. Great photo opportunity, I thought!

So yesterday I set to…. it will be work in progress, as I haven’t worked out the lighting to my satisfaction yet.

But here’s a Black & White first attempt, where I deliberately used a shallow depth of field to move the eye to the top of the page:

Old book

Old book

I am using this post for Cee’s Black & White challenge, you can see more here.



  1. Ooooo…what a find!
    This is going to be so much fun!

  2. Excellent idea. Look at all that cursive writing. You know it was their best penmanship used there.

  3. Such a wonderful find and ample photo ops too. I really like your attempt. It did take me directly to the top of the page. 🙂

  4. What a lovely old book to discover Sue. And so well suited to this B+W photo too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. Ah, you used a shallow depth of field so that I can’t read from your book 😉 A very nice photo, Sue. There is something poetic about it. It could be used as a card.

  6. Suzanne

    That’s fantastic. I can see A new project evolving for you. The black and white treatment suir
    ts the material very well I think.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Suzanne – a new project seems likely!

      • Suzanne

        It’s crazy but I’m awake at 4 am having a cuppa and reading blogs on the tablet. I will answer your comments properly tomorrow. Take care. 🙂

      • Sue

        Oh, crumbs…hope you get back to sleep…I was awake a

      • Suzanne

        yep – some idiot did some crazy late night driving outside my house that woke me up. A cuppa and a few good blog posts and I settled down again. Thanks for your good wishes.

  7. Emilio Pasquale

    Oh, yeah! Can’t wait to see how this evolves!

  8. Interesting, Sue, and an intriguing photo. 🙂 Have you been widowed for a lot of years?

  9. Sue I found myself leaning into the computer to try to read the image. The angle you have chosen literally drew me into the photo. Did you find any treasures in the sentences?

    • Sue

      No, not really, but I haven’t looked too closely yet….it’s mostly a roll call of that family as far as I can see…..

  10. it’s so very beautiful.

  11. Always a treasure, a voice from the past. And you’ve photographed it lovingly.

  12. A moment in time captured so beautifully.

  13. What a lovely find, Sue! Love your B&W image. 🙂

  14. Smashing picture Sue!

  15. What a lovely find and a great introductory shot of it.

  16. Love this shot, Sue. The tones and lighting are beautiful.

  17. oh I love dusty old tomes!! Great image Sue!

    • Sue

      Dusty old tome it certainly is! Glad you like this image, more to come (I hope – possibly today as it’s a dull old day here)

  18. All old books are surrounded by an aura of mystery. Once opened, I became excited at the though of all people that have enjoyed its reading. Where they will be? What has happened to them?

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  20. Congratulations! I have chosen this post to be featured on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge.
    I sure hope your week has been spectacular so far.

    • Sue

      Many thanks, Cee! Hope you’ve had a good week so far – mine has been much better than last week 🙂

      • Mine on the surface looks routine and humdrum….but I’m in a fabulous mood which makes this week a really good one. 🙂

      • Sue

        Excellent! So what has helped create the fabulous mood?

      • I think getting more time outside and doing more qigong work. My body is constantly healing and I am actually feel the energy move as I do qigong. For the longest time I only noticed a difference when Master Liu worked on me and now am healthy enough to add to my own healing.

      • Sue

        Excellent! Well done 🙂

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