Photo sessions before treatment.

The day was spent documenting the condition of the borders both visually and photographically.

Using the raking light required one person holding the light source at an angle close to the border while the photographer stood on a scaffold approximately 4 meters above. 5 photos were needed to cover the whole border.

Fig 1. Raking light photography in progress while report phrasing is being discussed.


To achieve a comparable angle of the light source, a bent paper scale was included at the bottom of the picture and the angle and length of its shadow was kept consistent in all the photos. The result is a series of photos that reveal damages, dents and warps with a comparable degree of detail.

Fig. 2 Raking light image adjusted with folded paper.


The visual observations were registered directly into our conservation report templates, a very efficient way of working.  Although we would be working on separate tasks, all entries in the report were discussed by the group, making the report a joint effort.

We are now on the third day of our course.  We are getting to know each other and enjoying each other’s company. The university programs differ quite a lot, and every participant is contributing with skills that the whole team benefits from, culinary skills included.

Fig 3. Afternoon fruit break on the stairs down to the lunchroom in the cellar. Course director Douwtje sees to that her students last the full two weeks.

By Beate Kåresen
Published Aug. 9, 2017 9:49 AM - Last modified Aug. 9, 2017 9:49 AM