Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Muse - Trudge On

Buoyed by the momentum of the past two years—which would be viewed as prolific by most standards—I entered the new year resolved to produce fewer works with a greater emphasis on quality. To date I have produced absolutely nothing, found no inspiration, and have generally been stuck in a late Winter malaise compounded by a flu like bug picked up over a week ago. The only way out it is to keep working, no matter how insignificant the work, knowing that this too shall pass. In the interim, I have several incomplete’s out in the bindery to take care of, and I will trudge on with those projects until some inspiration finds me…

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Monday Muse - GRAC

I neglected to post that I have two pieces in the Gateway Regional Art Center Regional Photography show in Mount Sterling, KY now thru Saturday February 25. Shortly after last Friday’s opening reception we were struck with some sort of viral malady that has left us both in horizontal survival mode.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Muse - On Toning

When I first began editing digital images in Photoshop, I was determined to process my images in a no tricks traditional way…though I have no experience in the darkroom. Tim Rudman seemed be the gold standard of contemporary darkroom practice at the time and I purchased his books, being particularly enamored with The Photographer’s Toning Book. I do in fact add an ever so slight tone to the shadows only of my black and white prints, but have rarely taken it any further.

In the gloom of the Winter, I decided something more colorful was needed on our walls. Nothing as drastic as a full color print, just something with a warm tone that didn’t look overly contrived. When I taught color theory for artist, my favorite summation was “cutting compliments”. Each color on the color wheel has a compliment i.e. orange/blue, yellow/violet, red/green etc. To wit, a warm red/orange highlight would require a cool blue/green shadow as compliment, and I set about finding the equivalent in the Lightroom Split Tone panel to apply to my monochromatic images. While time will prove the validity of my thinking…things are getting more cheerful around the house.

Edit 01/02/17 After a few days of viewing the toned prints, I reverted to something more conservative ; ]

Note: The tilted low angle composition of the image is called the Dutch Angle. That too can be over done.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Muse - Fujifilm X-100F

Delightful video from Olaf Photoblog…it's about "the seeing".
My "Fourth" is on pre-order and will become my "only" camera.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Decided to make more use of the Snaps tag.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Muse - Mario Giacomelli

Of all the photobooks added to my library in the past few years, these two titles always remain out. The Contrasto hardcover The Black Is Waiting For The White is a well illustrated biography, while the soft cover Phiadon Press self titled Mario Giacomelli contains a larger spectrum of plates, interestingly chaptered by projects. Contained within the two volumes are an incredible quantity and variety of black and white images captured on rudimentary film cameras. The thick, heavy, poorly bound soft cover book requires support and is left open dictionary style on a tall buffet for days at a time to study by chapter.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Muse - Body of Weeks

By most standards I’m considered prolific, stands to reason given my occupational background of working against hard deadlines and a just do it attitude. I approach making images with a focus similar to sport, and am able to maintain it through completion. Finish. It’s not about archiving a body of work for use someday…but finishing a body of weeks ; ]

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Les Mois - Slip Cover

As per my original intentions, I made the slip cover box to contain the twelve monthly books plus the B/W Chicago book. It doesn't seem like much when you are making the individual books, but together they represent 260 original images. Added to the 68 images contained in the other three other books made, that's over 328 original images printed in 2016!  [but there were more than that ; ]

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Les Mois - D├ęcembre

Lay Flat - Drum Leaf binding w/ Arrestox bookcloth on boards. This is the last of the monthly book project, and I have a slip cover to contain the whole set drying in the bindery. 

52 Street

52 Street - Weekly Street Image

A letter size perfect bind w/ debossed title on double sided matte. A little picture-a-week self-assignment to encourage making a new image on the street "each and every" week. While I will continue working on the street, I have some specific projects in mind without timelines. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


The conundrum of inkjet printing on bookcloth appears to have been solved. I began the Les Mois series by coating the bookcloth with Golden Clear Gel Medium, letting it thoroughly dry, and printing as Luster on an Epson 3800. The sample size Golden Gel Medium quickly went bad, and as there is no local source for the product, I went on to other less effective processes. As the new Epson SureColor SP-600 renders text very well, I took a flyer on DASS Art Universal Precoat II applied with the suggested coating bar. The results were most acceptable printed on the SP-600 with a Luster profile, lets hope the coating has a shelf life as it's rather expensive at $30 for 16oz. The coating bar needs deburring before use i.e. trim the extraneous raglins, remove lint with a tack strip, then lightly wash under the tap and let thoroughly dry.  

Monday, December 26, 2016

Monday Muse - It's a Wrap

Having completed sixteen photobooks this past year, my future thoughts turn toward having fun and improving quality. While the “quantity” of work over the past years has provided an accelerated learning experience, it’s time for a less harried approach without timelines. Specifically, I want to make more complex books and images, explore the Sequence Structure, add Layers in the Street images, and improve my handwork in the bindery.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday Muse - If Only

The sun broke out as I pressed the shutter, well beyond my reach were interesting silhouettes, and I turned into a parking structure to take up a waiting position suitable for my camera…of course the sun and action immediately disappeared. If only…I still carried that big heavy camera with 24-200 zoom I might have made one of those frames. It’s a funny game…

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday Muse - Staying the Course

The past week was a mess, the Arctic cold combined with a sinus infection kept me inside all week, but I slipped out for an hour Sunday to make the weekly image for the 52 Street project. Only three more weeks remain on the project and I refuse to miss a week after coming this far.