Sunday, October 14, 2018

Monday Muse - World Photobook Day

[Monday Muse a day early] October 14 is *World Photobook Day. Like so many good ideas #worldphotobookday appears to have run its course…though I continue albeit in singular support by making a book this morning. This structure was made from letter size Kraft with wide tabs folded on each edge then joined into an accordion structure.

*The date corresponds to the 1843 purchase by the British Museum of the first known photobook: Photographs of British Algae, Cyanotype impressions, by Anna Atkins. Try not to get too excited.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Muse

Orb Spider
A week ago I made a 7 inch by 12 foot [16] panel accordion structure for a photo collage project with the unrealistic notion of completing it by October 14 but the complexity of the collaged pages will necessitate more time. I need to find something to brute force by this Sunday.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Hedi Kyle - Franklin Book

From Art of the Fold, the so-called Franklin Book inspired by the drawings of Benjamin Franklin. The model was folded from a single sheet of flooring paper with three vertical slits cut in the top two thirds. When folded the book yields four expanding accordion folds. Note the dark spot on the left of the paper is the result of the first model having been knocked off the workbench into Katy's water bowl while making a larger version ; ]

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Art of the Fold

Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books was my first reference when I began making books in 2015. One of Hedi Kyle’s pieces was referenced in that book, and her work was frequently included in the subsequent titles I acquired. After intensive and periodic online searches I encountered rumors that this book was underway and ordered The Art of the Fold pre-publication from Amazon. The book arrived Oct 2 and kept me up until 1:30 AM for a first read. Highly recommended! You’ll find the book clear and concise with accurate drawing and supportive images. A treasure for those into bookcraft and excellent for the beginner.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday Muse - Anticipation

September was a month for anticipating the new camera technology to be introduced at the Photokina, followed by endless First Impression and Unboxing post on the Internets. While admitting to a photo geeks interest in technology, nothing was presented that would take the images “I didn’t make” with my once latest and greatest Fuji camera, though I am overjoyed for the people who will benefit from the new gear. My friend at the camera store said: “I hate to say it but what you have suits you just as well as the new camera”. [Was that a backhanded assessment of my meager ability ; ]. Let’s face it, you can “not make” an image on any camera,…do it all the time with my iPhone…at some point you have do something. Now I have October free to anticipate what MacBook announcement Apple will not make.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kentucky Fried Zine Fest

Took my camera to KFZ Fest held in the SAVS building. Good thing to put on your calendar.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday Muse - Vanishing Street

Last Thursday I did a walking loop of the SAVS faculty show, my first visit to the new Student Union building [a rat warren], and the Art Museum Meatyard exhibit. Fortunately, I captured one frame on South Upper as downtown proved even more deserted than usual given the heat.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday Muse - Juanan Requena

Mask Shadows

The feminine side of Florence came through the Bluegrass today with a soft, gentle rain that any real street photographer would be working. Were it simply a matter of walking out my door to work an hour on the street I would be doing so, but as a close-in suburbanite, I rarely make the effort, which in turn brings up the question of commitment. It’s actually a connection issue I find difficult to resolve.

Meanwhile, I take the easy out and hop online with a pleasant cup of coffee accompanied by a new post from one of my favorite book artist, the Spaniard Juanan Requena a snapshot artist who specializes in roughshod collaged photo diaries and similarly irreverent exhibitions of single images. Spain is an epicenter for the photobook allowing Requena to build a workshop industry around the notoriety of his first published book Al Borde de todo Mapa being selected as Spain’s 2017 National Book of the Year. [trans: On the edge of every Map - sold out - edition of 1,500] Note the book can be viewed by clicking on the main image then right arrow key. Update: Vimeo Video

Or…how to make a post from another person's post.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Night Market - Dummy

Accordion - Color Side

Accordion - From Above

Accordion - B/W Side

This unique Accordion bind was approached as a study dummy…something had to be done with the prints that have been laying in the bindery for two months. The individual accordion leaves cut from letter size black kraft proved impossible for any semblance of uniformity. If in fact, I make the finished book the accordion portions will require a jig to ensure uniform registry. It's also difficult to present with images…the gist being…there are twelve color images on the extended right side accordion with twelve B/W images on the verso. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday Muse - Night Market POC

After cutting out all the pieces for this book I was at a loss to completely understand the binding. From leftover scraps, I made this small POC to walk through the process. The accordion to the right nest inside a channel fold on the left, then the left cover and title page folds over the stacked accordion. To the rear is a fold out/cover that flips forward and secures to the left cover piece by magnets. To be certain it is an unusual binding, the rear foldout is made from one piece requiring cuts/folds in two directions to accommodate the channel and page folds…therein the uncertainty. This project has to be completed by Thursday!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018

Monday Muse - Work'in

There were very few people out on a hot August evening and only a fraction of attendance at Thursday Night Live as compared to previous years, but I was determined to spend an hour working the street…have to keep my hand in.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

Monday Muse - Analog Implements

As the lenswork doldrums linger, I've acquired some inexpensive analog implements to use in the bindery. The Pilot Parallel Pen makes calligraphic thin and wide strokes, the Tachikawa Comic Pen Nib Holder is a good dip pen for writing script, and the Accurasee Proportional Divider enables accurate measurements for enlarging small proof of concept models to a more workable size. The Night Market book still awaits its box cover while more pressing household projects drain my energy.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday Muse - Memories

The process of weeding down my active Image Archives has presented its own set of task and revelations. I was able to catch numbering errors, update keywords, eliminate duplicates, and edit out the "far too many" images of Katy. Hundreds of images were reprocessed to reflect the power of the current version of Lightroom. Interesting images that were never used in print had the Collage keyword added. The intangible element in every image is the memory it invokes…the where, why, or how…those you keep. Today's image from 2013 is one of those never printed images but one that greatly influenced my thinking of pictorial space…saved for whatever.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday Muse - Rebuilding Archives

In preparation for a new MacBook in the fourth quarter of this year, I'm editing down my image archives to free up disk space, and re-processing the images to reflect my current taste and new capabilities in Lightroom. This 12/25/08 image of Mount Vernon Baptist benefited from the Transform Tool, Dehaze Slider, and Range Mask unavailable in 2008.

The 13" MBP 2013 that I'm using is adequate for my purposes and has served me well, but it is a five years old machine and it is time to move wireless: printer, headphones, Cloud backups etc. and remove a pound of weight from my lap.