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.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
|Accordion - Color Side|
|Accordion - From Above|
Monday, September 10, 2018
After cutting out all the pieces for this book I was at a loss to completely understand the binding. From leftover scraps, I made a small dummy 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
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
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
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
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.
Friday, August 10, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018
The good thing is that I'm in everyone's Rolodex, the bad is that I'm often asked to hang a show on short notice.
Prints from the Mindscapes photobook are hanging at Good Foods Co-op thru August.
Monday, July 30, 2018
On a pleasant afternoon with only a few people on the street, I decided to shoot Hyperfocal technique from the hip. With everything from 5 ft to infinity in focus, it’s a matter of placing the lens and releasing the shutter. This subject was uncertain, then I turned to pretend photograph a building under construction.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Just an idea for a three-piece folded binding. In the first slide, the cover piece was pamphlet sewn to the two interior leaves. In the remaining slides, the two leaves are attached with double stick tape. For such a simple thing, a lot of thinking is required to determine exactly where to fold so that the leaves properly stack in sequence. A few images were tipped in including one split image.