Virginia Farnsworth – Little Ginnie At Play

FOBA 2021 Juried Exhibition

Completed 2018
Editions: 1
Dimensions closed: 4” x 6” x 6”
Materials: family photos, matte photo paper, card stock 4-ply archival mat board
Artist resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Little Ginnie At Play illustrates the depth and variety possible in a small artist’s tunnel book. The view changes markedly by even a small shift in the viewpoint. At one angle my brother and I (at six) are found beside a snowman. Moving further to the left our neighbor, Bobby, comes in sight. Shifting the view to the right reveals me (at 12) alone in a snow bank. The tunnel structure allows me to easily add connected stories to the same book. Finally, I started the front of the book with the image of the street corner below my childhood home. I ended the book with a photo of that childhood home, elevated above the street. From beginning to end, Little Ginnie At Play is a potent memory of my childhood, further enhanced by the grainy black and white prints. 

Family photos of my childhood house and street corner along with my brother and neighbor and me at two ages were scanned and manipulated in Photoshop. The resulting images were inkjet printed on Epson premium presentation matte photo paper. The individual frames are backed with a layer of card stock for greater strength. The back of the book is black 4-ply archival mat board. 

Virginia Farnsworth (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Virginia Farnsworth is a photographer and book artist. Having traveled extensively overseas for a quarter century, focusing on photography, Virginia subsequently turned her attention to artists books, primarily structures not requiring stitching. She uses the considerable portfolio of images gained in her travels and is no stranger to making more with her iPhone camera. Her work is designed to be held in the palms of one’s hands although recently the books are getting larger.