Hello everyone I hope some of you are still following me on here. I have not posted in quite a while I know. Mostly I have not really done anything of note that I was willing to share, and was really gearing up to move. I am not in San Diego any more. 😥 But overall this should be a good thing. I started Grad School in September and now I have to make Great things ok anyway, the following is a brief statement for the work and then well the work.
Monuments is a project I have begun since starting in Graduate School this fall. Thinking about how much time we spend behind screens and how we have begun leaving these seemingly virtual lives. We superficially travel the world, meet people and even view art on small screens where we do not actually experience any thing. Partially inspired by the work of Doug Rickard in technique and Eric Pickersgill’s critical examination of our relationship to our devices in his series Removed. I myself have an interesting relationship to my device’s since leaving my home for Washington to attend school. I find that I have become more dependent on social media to connect with those I would once visit with regularly. I am going on a world journey now, I am far away from my home so now I decided to go on a journey around the world, but it is really a falsehood.
To under take this work I turned both Digital and 35mm film cameras, to my laptop screen as I traversed the globe using google earth. Using Jules Vern’s around the world in 80 days as inspiration for places to travel. As I would zoom in with street view I noted that occasionally the images would slowly render, or the marks of Google, place names, directional markers would stay visible in my framing I choose to leave these as evidence of my ruse.
I had a desire to make these false images into a physical hand made form, because of this choose the cyanotype process due to my familiarity of the process and researching what was available to in Jules Vern’s time period. After creating the images the digital images were imported into Lightroom and edited to my desire, then made into a negative and printed on transparency. The 35mm images were printed on RC paper then scanned and turned into a negative and printed as above. The images were then contact printed on hand coated paper, and toned with black tea to give a more desirable look.
Well finally attempted lifting Polaroid emulsion onto my own hand made paper. The paper completely fell apart. So back to drawing board I suppose.
I am a big fan of alternative process, cameras and other forms of photography that differ from the super clean sharpe DSLR.
Cameras were left at home today and simply used my IPhone to shoot these images. I am a big believer of a camera is a black box with a hole at one end. These images came out well I think.
Just a good shot of some of the tanks at Societe Brewing Company. I liked the light streaming in.
Just a new experience. A 5 dollar camera I bought at a thrift store, with new Impossible Project instant film. Busy separating the emultion (image layer) from the film and transferring it to Art paper.
I plan to start a project or a few with this but right now it’s just practice
The Final step to the sea of the San Elijo watershed area. I do not always find lagoon areas the most photo friendly for me usually. I usually come back with a lot of disappointing photos, but perhaps in the past I have looked at it differently or wrong times of the year.
May favorite of these images are the small branches shooting into the sun. I was also very fond of the little lizard on the post.
So I placed these in the compost bin a while ago, and the promptly forgot about them. In some spots the image is mostly latent. Nearly completely gone, the staining came out with very interesting patterns on the print. I am happy with these as well just thought it came out well.
Just a couple more using vary lengths of time in the water. Varying how they are positioned as well.
So as I said before I was going to coat new papers and coat them lighter. I am much happier with these results. I finally got back to paper white. Strangely enough these are actually taking a longer to expose to get into a good contrast. Overall I am much happier with these out comes. I took the time to make duplicates and make darker printsin order to try and coffee tone again.
For the post I am going to break it up a bit. After spending some more time at The Elfin Forrest Reserve in Escondido I Went back to embracing the painterly thoughts ( Thank you Art Wolf). Any way I did some work with HDR Images and truly one of the first times I feel good about them, Using a combination of Lr and Nik the images came out well.
I also post edited them a little farther, being in the area nothing feels quite real there to me. Elfin foreest is almost to quite and every thing is a touch… well off. Almost as if the whole area is a fantasy or a dream.
Elfin forrest is a great place for hiking and walking and I always enjoy my trips there and really should make the short trek more often. I think My favorite of this set is probably the dark Oak tree, all though the roots are nice too.
For the Second set of images i decided to embrace the lens zoom techniques some photographers use to create representation images. I Shot several of these more than I normally wood trying to create a painterly type image. Also I use a long exposure and a pin hole body cap on the Image of the stream and rocks to create a similar feel.
The lens zoom images all though I like the idea of the technique i usually find my images lacking, this time i feel some of them are truly out of bounds good.