Have you met footnoteMaven aka fM, or seen the premier issue of her digital magazine, Shades of the Departed? If not, you are missing out on a real treat!
Upon introducing Shades to the readers, fM tells of a 19th century photographer by the name of Abraham Bogardus who uses the term Shades of the Departed in describing a display of personal photos left unclaimed in a photographic gallery. It does seem that this particular arrangement of words, along with a large assortment of old photos with fates similar to those referred to in the quote, were just waiting for fM -- an avowed keeper, lover, collector, student and guardian of old photos and related paraphernalia -- to find them and bring them out of the shadows of time.
Please do take the time to go take a leisurely stroll through the pages of Shades. Besides being a feast for the eyes, the articles by an assortment of talented Shades contributors are most informative and entertaining.
In the comments section on the introduction of Shades, Denise Levenick aka The Family Curator wrote ... Congratulations, dear fM, and thank you for bringing us along for the ride. It is wonderful! That comment said it all for me, and also brought to mind a quote from a 1987 episode of Designing Women in which the elegant Julia Sugarbaker is praising her former brother-in-law, Dash Goff, the writer. Taking a little literary license with her Southern-belle wording, I give you the following tribute to fM and Shades:-
If you all could quit reading Shades for one second, I have something here I've been working on. "footnoteMaven, a lover of photos, mostly old, and words - all kinds. And when she got them both together between two covers, it was a rip-roaring, firecracking, roller coaster of a ride, and we are all better for having bought a ticket."
Thanks for the ticket, fM. I'm enjoying the ride! V.
For those of you who have inquired in the past about the digiscrap processes used in showcasing the images of my kith 'n kin . . . many of the steps involved are explained in detail in the forget-me-not article appearing in the premier issue of Shades. Our Berta Mary appears in the collage accompanying the how-to article, which also looks into the possible history of Forget Me Not Day.