Saturday night was Dorothy O’Connor’s third annual Tableau Vivant party for Atlanta Celebrates Photography. In case you aren’t up on your fancy French. . .
This year she kept the scene under wraps until the big reveal on the night of the party. I was lucky enough to be privy on the general gist of the project and got regular reports on the progress of the build. I even contributed some blue yarn, and my kids diligently collected shells on two beach vacations this summer. After seeing the scene in person, I can see that the roll and a half of yarn and small ziplock baggie of shells was more of a thoughtful token than a meaningful contribution to the project. The sheer volume of items in the scene is beyond comprehension, and something you can only get a hint of from seeing the photograph.
I would love to see someone make a documentary around the next scene Dorothy builds. It would be fascinating to see the empty space evolve step by step into the fantasy she dreams up in her head.