Joe has long admired the work of the 17th century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. His most famous paintings are probably ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and ‘The Milkmaid’
As he was only using natural light to illuminate his subjects and scenes, one of the first problems he encountered was that rooms in the museum were deliberately dimly lit in order to keep the look and feel of the rooms as authentic as possible.
By practising using different settings, Joe was however able to find the perfect compromise between shutter speed, ISO and aperture.
He finally made the decision to use 5 images he took in Pockerley Old Hall as they all had the same aesthetics for the exhibition stand.
The first was to have the images printed, then framed and mounted.
For the printing, he decided to use Museum Pro Matt as the most suitable paper in keeping with the feel of the images, and for the frames he chose a classic gold frame.
Finally, his DIY skills came to the fore as he had to prepare his exhibition stand, a task that took him four days of sanding, filling and painting.