Friday, October 14, 2016

World Photobook Day

October 14 is World Photobook Day! A small Drum Leaf Lay-Flat binding of street photography sized to fit in the back pocket of a pair of jeans. The book is pulled out to answer the question "What are you doing?". 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

geranium shadows

Just received a pack of heavyweight letter size Kraft paper, put to use in this accordion bind with a bookcloth hard cover made from scraps. To be collaged…

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Muse - Shooting from the Hip

The term shooting from the hip refers to making a image while not looking through the camera. My camera is carried in plain sight on a short neck strap with my index finger resting on the shutter button…then it’s simply a matter of two watchful eyes, pointing the lens, and releasing the shutter. There is a certain gestalt in knowing where the lens is pointed without looking at the camera…“offering the lens to the subject”. It takes practice, and a willingness to crop and/or straighten in post. Is it sneaky or gutless, some would say so, street photography for me is not an in your face contact sport…my preference is to capture a candid moment.

My street camera w/35mm equiv. lens is set to Auto ISO 100-6400, Minimum Shutter 1/125, Aperture Priority F8, Manual Focus - pre-focused to [11] feet. In HyperFocal terms, everything from [6] foot to Infinity should be in focus. If there is time or some desired effect, a flick of a switch turns on the all the automagic goodness, and I can hold the camera to my eye for the best possible composition.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Storyboarding - Georgetown Notes

Storyboard for in-progress accordion book to determine image placement, text, fly-leafs, cutouts, & etc.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Fore-Edge Binding - Townscapes Dummy

Honestly don't know what to call the binding type of this Dummy. The cascading text block is attached to the inside of the fore-edge of the front cover, then folds back into the spine of the book boards. The double sided black & white prints of Townscapes [urban landscapes] will have a ribbon effect w/ wide white top and bottom margins. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Les Mois - Septembre

This month's Les Mois book is a Drum Leaf Lay-Flat binding, perfect for full page spread photobooks, though my execution wasn't flawless in any regard, the binding is preferable to the Drop Spine of the previous volumes. Also learned that Krylon UV Archival is "NOT" acceptable as a protective coating on printed bookcloth, while the basecoat printed nicely, a light protective overcoat immediately caused the thoroughly dried text to smear…back to Krylon Matte Finish. ; [   

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Monday Muse - A Solitary Enterprise

Art is essentially a solitary enterprise, it is rare to join one's fellows for the purposes of creating art, though for nine consecutive years I have supported the WorldWidePhotoWalk…usually pairing up with someone I've never met. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Monday Muse - On Photobooks

Photobooks have rapidly evolved into an art form unto themselves. A pile of nice prints sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard in an on-demand book no longer garners much attention. Concept is king! Everyone is talking projects, storytelling, layout and design. Concept is driving the images being made. After studying the shortlist of several prominent photobook reviewers over the past two years, most of the praised photobooks seem to be the same stuff in a new wrapper…though the possibilities for doing something more substantial are intriguing. 

As a person who insist an image doesn’t exist until it’s printed, the photobook proves a convenient vehicle for presenting prints. When finished, the Les Mois series will contain [240] printed images and require [13] inches of bookshelf. To hang [240] framed letter size prints prints, would take [450] feet of wall…about 1 1/2 football fields…at a minimum cost of $5,000 in readymade frames. What on earth would one do with all those frames? With another $5000 for easels, you could have a $10K halftime Pop-Up show! ; ]

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Muse - Pimping the x100t

I run a lens hood to protect and shield my [filterless] lens from the elements. On the street people have taken the small black camera in my hand as a handgun [police rolled on me once] and a large lens hood identifies it otherwise, while providing a convenient mounting groove for a FotoSharp rain cover on a camera that is not weatherproof.

The Fujifilm lens hood/adapter for the x100t is expensive and to me aesthetically unpleasing, while allowing wet to splash through the vents. How about adapting a 49mm Pentax lens hood? It requires a cheap reversed 49mm filter with the glass broken out, that is carefully pressed, threads first, into the hood in a wood vise. Works a treat and very hipstah…

ps The accompanying hood pouch is perfect for traveling with extra batteries.  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Downtown Arts Center - Tom Fielder

Plenty of time left to go see the interpretive frames of Tom Fielder - thru Oct 7, 2016.  Upstairs are the wonderful architectural pen and ink sketches of Eugene Egger…both First Class!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday Muse - Pop-Up Shows

A Day in Paris - November 18, 2016 - Bodley-Bullock House 5-8PM
Artist Talk - The Sequence as Structure for the Visual Book 6:30PM

To show my work to a wider audience and have some fun, I have expanded my efforts beyond the conventional gallery scene to include alternative spaces and outdoor venues in the form of Pop-Up shows. The success of two previous shows this year in alternative spaces started the thinking process, the only hassle with those shows was chasing down enough display easels, a problem that was solved by the purchase of [20] display easels and the ancillary items necessary to Pop-Up outdoors.

The easels were unboxed to insure proper working order, then a piece of black tape was applied as a stop to position the flip out frame holders and not require eyeball leveling of the frames on location.

Freezer bags were filled with sand for ballast and stuffed into inexpensive shoe bags, and studio muslin clips secure the frames to the easels.

Looks like this in a dry run.

[2] Outdoor Products carry bags for toting the easels.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Les Mois - Aout

For various reasons August was a tough month, fewer images were made…consequently fewer to choose from for the monthly book.

Drop Spine - Drum Leaf binding on boards, cover inkjet printed on Arrestox. Printed 2 Up on A3 Epson Ultra Premium Luster. Prints approx. 6” x 14.25”. Font: Marker Felt.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Monthly Muse - Formulating the Question

September begins a new fiscal year for ordinaryimages, and after nine consecutive years of a daily post [somewhere] enough is enough. There will be a Monday Muse, otherwise post will be more random, though Image Making and Photobooks will continue to be the focus. I've also put all my camera gears on the block, keeping the Fuji X100t [and Fuji X-30 backup] as my sole cameras.
It’s about the work!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Muse - Chekov's Gun

“Remove everything that has no relevance to the story”

My required college reading was from the marginally translated Pocket Chekov, and what I remember was bleak and depressing. A quick search on Amazon revealed a more recent well regarded translation that I am revisiting for corollaries between the impressionist author and the act of making a snapshot.

“You are confusing the two concepts: answering the questions and formulating them correctly. Only the later is required of an author”.

Both attributions in quotations apply equally to the snapshot. The protagonist in Chekov’s stories are but a series of images interpreted in the mind's eye of the reader. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016