Janette Ray established Janette Ray Rare and Out of Print Books in 1995 with a specific focus on architecture, design, photography and landscape subjects to exploit her personal expertise in these areas. The business initially operated from private premises but as it flourished it soon outgrew these.
In 2000 Janette Ray purchased 8 Bootham, York, which is a medieval timber framed building leaning up against the walls of St Mary’s Abbey and just minutes from York Minster. Renovation of the building revealed original fireplaces and wooden beams and a superb space. Local craftsmen and members of the York Artworkers Association were key in undertaking the work, which contributed to the creation of a lovely shop for selling books on design subjects.
With such an interesting back story, I was more than intrigued to photograph and record Janette’s space in a photo sphere. We even agreed to return to re-do the shoot after Janette had some new lighting installed. We successfully overcame the challenge of shooting on a busy road, and navigating the small stairway to create a splendid final product for one of York’s most specialised book shops.
I was impressed with the care you took to create a coherent set of images for the shop. The result is really excellent and I am very pleased.