Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rochester Contemporary Art Center

will open their annual 6x6 fundraiser this weekend.
The 7500+ works of art are already live on their website.

Below are the two I contributed.
They are small parts of the "Digital Manipulation" series of cyanotypes I started at the beginning of the Spring.
You can search for them on the 6x6 website by entering the number you see below the image.



Some FDU students of mine also are participating in the show.
They are grouped together around #3372 to # 3383

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

International Photography Annual

a book by the folks at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH,
will have some of my work in it.
I'll post details closer to the publishing date.
The planned release date is some time late September - early October
so it can coincide with FotoFocus.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Let It Rain:

A Paddler's Guide to the Whitewater River of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

Several years ago, Alden Bird asked to use some photos of mine from the Housatonic River in Connecticut.   When he finished the guide book, he sent me a copy.  Being a whitewater geek, I was not concerned with where/how my photos were as I excitedly flipped through the pages of Alden's comprehensive edition, searching for new rivers to run.

I recently removed the book from my shelf, dusted it off, and thumbed through it for the first time in a while.  (drought conditions, teaching responsibilites, and a growing art career have conspired to keep me out of my boat more than once this year)  I am very proud to have my photos included in this book, and full of child-like glee that you can see two of them on the internet, on the book's website, on the sample pages section that displays the Bulls Bridge section of the Housatonic.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Grand Canyon photogravure (so far)

Slideshow.  (if the show does not start in a few seconds, click here)

These are the 12 photogravures that have been editioned in sepia.  (only 10 copies each)  A few of them are editioned in a custom mixed thalo black ink.  My goal for this summer is to finish the thalo black edition and start work on the second batch of 12 plates for this suite.

The entire project is developed enough now that I feel I can start showing it to galleries/dealers, with the qualifier that the series not yet finished.

A few of you already have acquired copies from this suite of prints.  Thank you.  I hope you enjoy the fact that you are the first collectors of this project, and are participating at the earlier stages of it's development.  Your support and feedback are felt and very much appreciated.

(and now a link to a list of printmaking terms for the curious)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A grain of truth in a company blog

This one cuts both ways Epson

I agree that digital printing has reached the point at which we can just call it photography, without saying that it's "digital photography".   Printing methods are nice to note for same reason as always because there is good and bad printing with all processes; inkjet, wet lab, whatever.

But, historical processes are STILL photography.  They are only "alternative" because they are alternates to the common and mass-produced methods.  To some people, this is special because it is an alternative to the norm.  To others this is dismissed as unnecessary.  I think that it is more important to consider if it is the right process for the project.  Is the artist choosing the right medium?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Vallecito Lake Panoramic Photo

The story of this image goes back two winters.  I bought a pair of snowshoes while in Colorado between semesters.  The lake was low, so I could do a lot of stomping around on flatter land while I got used to the altitude.  The snow was bad; granular corn snow that slid easily.  I set my sights on this peak and took two days (about 2 hours each day) to blaze a switchback trail up this 45 degree pitch, having to backtrack a few times to either find more stable snow or a path around some piles of burned trees (left over from the 2002 fire).  On the third day I just decided to push through.  It took me 40 minutes to get up the blazed trail, and another 2 1/2 hours to finish the trip through the fresh snow.  I got to spend a half hour at the peak, but as you can see by the light in the photo, the sun was setting and I had to almost run down to get back to the truck before it was completely dark.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Polar Bear Club Panoramic Photo

Pretty cool to get one of the "Bronze" awards.  I think just a little less than half the entrants to the Epson Pano Awards score high enough to get the bronze status, but still nice to be in the top half of the group for an image that was shot in a rush as the chaos of the hazy light of the last day of the summer season burned this image of the entire camp jumping into the water for the morning polar bear club.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Rights of navigation are not just for fish

This is an effort to raise awareness of a simple concept:
If a fish ladder must be installed
Then why not one that acts more like a natural river?
It looks better.
It creates recreational opportunities in the local community.
It is safer.
Whitewater park engineers are the ones who know how to do this.

Repost the above link to your Facebook, Google+, or any forums in which you participate.  Local people are trying to make the plans for an ugly concrete fish ladder into something more sensible.  This will benefit ww boaters.  This will benefit fish.  This will benefit the local community far beyond boaters and fishermen.

Here is a link to a study re: fish stream habitat and ww parks.  You'll see the careful attention that ww park engineers give fish habitat,  and how much better ww features are vs. typical concrete steps.