Friday, November 26, 2010

campfire: old and new

(version 1)
vine black ink, white paper


I experimented with the contact between the positive/transparency and the plate for this one, seeing if I could get either a distressed or aged look. The result is good, but I'm wondering if I took it a bit too far. I'll make another version in cleaner conditions, and with better contact to see if a more clear image still holds up and gives the desired effect.

I'm looking to elicit the feeling of an old tradition by taking an image of a gathering from this past year and developing it with an older process of printing. Experimenting with some warmer black ink and some dark browns (perhaps even a some kind of sepia tone), and an off-white print paper might help signify age and tradition.

(version 2)
dark brown ink, white paper


(version 3)
dark brown ink, off white paper


(version 4)
new plate, vine black ink, white paper


This latests version is the one I'll go with. It has about as much mid-tone as I can get out of the naturally contrasty environment of night time campfire photography. Instead of distressing the image (through the transparency, and thus the plate), I'll use a dark brown ink on an off white paper. That will look more like an old photo, and it will knock the contrast down a bit since the slight color will read a slight more mid-tone than any pure black.
(the image was just a little larger than the other plate, so it is a better size, which reads better from average viewing distance in a room. The image is cropped, above, at the plate indentation, so you are seeing 11.5" x 8". I'll cut the plate down to about 11" x 7" and print on 15" x 11" paper, leaving an even 2" border all around)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Alternative Photography

Has made a web page for me to showcase my completed images, using the polymer photo gravure process.

http://www.alternativephotography.com/gallery/v/scott-barnes/

I am very happy that my work has developed enough to be accepted into this community, and am flattered that they have made a page for me.

from the header on the alternativephotography.com website:
"Historical photographic methods in use today - the art, processes and techniques of alternative photography"

There are too many unique techniques to list on this blog. Please enjoy my work, but you are also encouraged to explore the Alternative Photography website and look at the engaging work by other artists using varied historical photographic techniques.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

There is the ordinary, banal, too often falsely raised in the art world..blah blah blah .... but isn't it more special when you recognize those feelings that are the heightened moments of arousal, or maybe just awareness, the moment of special connections, something you can almost put your finger on........ those feelings....... as you recognize them...... that exceptional experience......
what does that LOOK like?

I wonder...

Friday, November 12, 2010

http://www.erikahess.com/

N.Y. Feminist Art Institute workshop at FDU

will take place during my General Drawing class on Tuesday, November 16th, 5:30 - 8:00

http://www.nyfai.org/visualdiaries/index.html
http://www.nyfai.org/currentactivities.html

from the flyer/prospectus:
"Consciousness-Raising, Visual Diaries, Art-Making Workshop.
The visual expression of wordless feelings; personal heiroglyphics linked with content through consciousness raising."

This should prove to be very exciting and elightening. I hope that it helps give students courage to create and express beyond the (sometimes) narrow confines of academia, and give them another set of tools through which they can find their own voice.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

San Francisco this weekend

These two prints will be at Somarts this weekend
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA






if you are in the area, stop by for a look