The seed of this germinated on a movie set in the south of France in the summer of 1971.  We stayed at a farmhouse called Le Cam in Saint Martin de Signance, then a sleepy farming town just north of Biarritz.  On one of the shoots the director came to ask me if I would cover a shiny silver cigar box with mirror to make it brighter.  I suggested that it might be hard to photograph as plain mirror and offered to make a mosaic design on the top that would make it easier to focus the camera.  The result was a mosaic of several clear blue glasses inset among the pieces of  mirror.  As I walked out to the set with my creation, sun shone down through the blue glass, bounced off the silver cigar box beneath and there before me were different shades of colored mirror. Ah... epiphany.

Toby Mason


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