Friday, May 24, 2013
The part of this that is intriguing to me is that the camera I am using to shoot my images is a Holga plastic camera. Holgas are extremely cheap and have become very popular in an alternative, pop-culture kind of way. This means that the images I take are processed on a piece of tin that is 2 inches by 2 inches. These images attached to this post are originally 2x2, so they appear much larger on screen than the size of the original tin. At first I thought the images were ok; however, closer examination with a magnifying glass revealed a clarity of these images that I did not think was possible for an image so small. The scanned images so far don't do justice to the original plates; maybe as I go along I'll be able to produce better scans in order to post how much detail is actually in these photos.
I've come up with the term "micro-photography" or "miniature photography." There's a whole microcosm hiding on each plate.
Now that I know this process actually does work, I'm ready to take it out into the world and explore different ways that I can make this work. More will be coming.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Today I buried my best friend and old boy, Buddy. He was 11 and a half, and battled a very aggressive cancer for the last couple months of his life. This journey that he and I went on together this year made me think about all the things that I've learned from him, and all the animals that have passed through my life. I put together a blog that I call "10 Lessons from Buddy," a tribute to him and all my teachers. Yesterday he let me know it was time, and I loved him too much to make him suffer any more even though I wasn't ready to let him go. I can only hope I can be half the man he thought I was.
Today he's at peace and I'm on my journey of healing.
Please take a minute and check out his site. Thank you.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
I must say that sometimes shots that look simple and easy to carry off end up being the ones that are a real pain in the neck. Between struggling with the placement of several different light sources along with making sure to get just the right amount of face in there that I was looking for, along with not wanting to blow out any portion of the lit areas with too much light -- well, I tweaked it enough to where I got this shot that I was finally pleased with.
Someone who saw the image said it was a very telling self-portrait. I knew he got it as it does tend to represent the way that I have difficulties dealing with the world directly, and how sometimes I have to look at the world through indirect means.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Now, on a winter, late afternoon Sunday, the train doesn't run that often, so I did have time to thoroughly enjoy the chill in the air and the mist dampening everything that wasn't under my umbrella. Before I left, I was able to get a couple shots.
When I got home, I was looking at the image, and I got into a playful mood and decided to do this black&white-on-color image. The holidays are putting me into a playful mood letting me enjoy my fascination with all things fantasy and magical.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
As we were walking back to my car after a totally satisfying creative experience, we were passing a row of large individual studios. I looked in the open door of one of the studios and saw this young female artist working in the middle of her space. The studio was dark except for a small circly of light illuminating her at her table. As I started to pass, I just had to go back and introduce myself to this young lady and ask if I could take her photograph. Because of how dark it was outside and how I had originally framed the image, I had to use a very high ISO which gave the image quite a bit of noise. Using one of the tools in Photoshop, I eliminated most of the noise, but this created a little softening of the image, almost giving it a "painterly" feel. However, when I first passed her door, that is exactly how I saw the scene.
The last image was a fun shot of the artist and his studio space as seen through a concave mirror.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I was recently contacted by a gentleman I don't know who owns a jazz club. He came across my photo in searching for images of Barbara on the net, and he wrote to me asking for permission to use the photo for promo work relating to a gig she was doing at his club -- with credits, of course.
Just when I think that no one ever looks at what I've been up to, something like this pops up that lets me know that there are connections with other people out there. I'll just keep shooting what I love and let the universe take it from there.
Friday, November 23, 2012
But I love new challenges and opportunities to shoot different things, and I wasn't about to say no to this wonderful opportunity.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Jean is a wonderful woman I have known for almost three decades. I live next door to her; and ever since her husband, Mel, passed away many years ago, Joe and I have watched out for her and made sure she is safe. We've gone through so much good and bad together, we're this side of family.
Jean's younger sister just passed away after a long illness, and on this day Jean was getting ready to go to her sister's memorial service, but she knew I've been wanting to shoot her for a long time and invited me over for a short photo session. I could tell she was somewhat distracted, but she insisted we give it a try. Now that we've gotten that initial shoot over with and she knows now that she doesn't have to be nervous, we're going to have many more sessions. I want to give something to her -- and her family.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I've wanted to shoot this young woman, Vanara, since I met her earlier this year, and we've talked about it a number of times. The other night she and I ran into each other when I just happened to have my camera with me, so I asked if we could take a minute to do a couple shots. These two shots were all I could get in during our chance meeting with a hurried search for a spot to shoot in, but I loved the way her face takes the light. I can't wait until we actually get a chance to do a real shoot.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
This is the third week I went to watch the rehearsal of this performance-art piece being choreographed by a new friend, Rudy Perez. This week I wanted to concentrate mainly on motion, and capturing what, to me, was the essence of the piece. I didn't want to use fast shutter speeds to get sharp, crisp images that caught a movement cleanly, but rather using slower shutter speeds to capture longer moments of the dance in a single frame. The piece itself is very abstract, and I wanted to experiment and play with getting more abstract images.
This week the artists went through the entire piece with the "music," which was more of long, drawn-out sounds and noises, at least to my untrained ear. Watching them going through their movements was so interesting I had to keep reminding myself to shoot. There isn't a theme or story to this piece that I've been able to discern, but one long piece where one motion flows into the next seamlessly.
Of course, at the same time I also watched for "moments" to happen during and between the different sequences. I'm intrigued by this particular series, though it may not speak to anyone else. But I'm learning that is going to make my photography speak -- because of my own personal view of the world that no one else has.
While I was watching for movement, there were times I also saw other moments that I wanted to try to capture. I'm enjoying this whole process because I find that I am totally immersed in the moment with the only thing in my mind is the dance. After the first of the year I'm going to go back and continue to see what happens next.