Instant Pictures

"When I was a child I had a large collection of transfer books. A picture of the world is constructed in these books but one in which dinosaurs and cave-men can sit alongside space walks and tall ships. These were picture books with educational text but at their heart was a landscape template. Onto this were rubbed a vast array of figures and details. The elements of the picture were all provided but the image still had to be made. The placing was irreversible so that great care had to be taken. The instructions on the sheet read 'Rub down your instant pictures to complete this scene'. Although fixed, the instant pictures were, for me, never complete." Richard Heeps