This is the front-cover photo-illustration that I created for my new book, “A Reader’s Buffet.” The book is a collection of seven short pieces of fiction. I started with a picture of a stainless steel salad-bar-like sorter that I photographed in a client’s restaurant. That picture is the four sections of the “buffet” at the back of the image. I duplicated and squonked them into perspective to make eight, and then combined the right-hand two bins, leaving seven steel pans of – well, it started as pizza toppings. The sorter is kitchen equipment, not for customer use, so it has a steel lid, rather than a sneeze shield. I enlarged that to look big enough for the stretched sorter. The sneeze shield in the picture is a Photoshop layer comprised of several mostly-transparent, stacked shapes. I added a tile floor from another client’s restaurant and a brick wall from another image.
In each pan I fitted a still-life image of objects that relate to one of the stories in the collection. A bunch of cell phones and a computer keyboard, a blue bowl, a teddy bear, a pocket watch, some strawberries, etc. I also made black and white versions of the object photos for the title pages of the stories. You only get the title page graphics in the paper edition. They’re omitted from the Kindle, Nook, and e-book editions, for technical reasons (namely, the software didn’t cooperate).
A Reader’s Buffet is 102 pages, 6″×9″ paperback. Paperback and Kindle versions are available now from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000APFOEC) and CreateSpace (an Amazon company: https://www.createspace.com/4047692 ). The ISBN (for paper) is 978-1-879211-05-6.
Nook and e-book versions are available (ISBN, 9781301052134) at smashwords.com (http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jaygrossSC).
I shot the objects with a Canon 50-D and a Canon 60mm EF-S lens, most of them with studio strobes. I took the sorter thing’s picture with a Sony DSC-F707 by the available light in the pizza restaurant’s kitchen by a mix of window daylight and (ick) fluorescents.