The inscription on the first page reads, “Fred Dixon, Lawrence, Mass, 1889″. The pages are yellow and crispy, the binding is cracked and some of the little samples of dyed wool are missing or almost detached. It was Fred’s color recipe book. Sort of a 19th century personal pantone book. It is a book of recipes for the dyes that were used to color the wool produced in the local mills.
Its a fascinating glimpse into the past. One technician’s personal notebook containing handwritten recipes, alongside samples of dyed wool, carefully folded and glued to the pages.
I asked the owners if I could photograph the book. They agreed. I was thrilled. I spent two hours with a macro lens, shooting the book up-close and personal.
Two hours. One book. Many images.
All of the images were shot with a borrowed Macro Lens (thank you Mike Tully) and several are quite abstract in nature. I wanted to open the series with this one. It is a good depiction of the content of the book. More to come. And more New York images as well.