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Updates from the darkroom

Dobbins Lane

Dobbins Lane

There’s been a lack of activity on my blog but not in the darkroom.   It’s been a very long and cold winter here in Pennsylvania but that gave me time to work on several projects in the darkroom.   The large custom sizes of both Dobbins Lane and Primeval Forest were purchased by Capitol One for their Corporate Art Collection.    In March I was one of 150 photographers out of 2000 applicants selected for the New York Times Portfolio Review which was held April 5 in Manhattan.  I was able to have my work reviewed by a number of top editors and gallery owners and will have updates on what comes out of those meetings in the near future.

Yesterday I found out that my photograph of the coal miner Farmer Bob is a finalist for the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Competition.   I’ll be sending the actual silver gelatin print to England in a few weeks for the final judging.  I’m also printing the images which will be hung for my solo exhibition at the Hoyt Center for Fine Arts in New Castle, PA this summer.

Farmer Bob

Farmer Bob



A peek at the darkroom, and an update on my show schedule


I’ve been busy in the darkroom (shown above, the Omega and Durst enlargers) but here is my 2014 art show schedule as of the end of January.  Additions will be made throughout the coming months.  

2014 Show Schedule

  • April 27, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • May 10-11, Bethesda, Maryland
  • May 16-17, Reston, Virginia
  • June 7-8, Chicago, Illinois
  • June 20-22, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • June 27-29, Des Moines, Iowa
  • August 16-17, Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania

Show details will be updated on my website at


Only a few hours left for free shipping!

Only a few hours left for free shipping!

(Rhododendron Petals on the left & Mahantongo Fall Colors on the right)

Just a few hours left for free shipping in time for the holidays! Free FedEx Ground shipping on orders from my website ends tonight, Thursday December 12, at 11:59 pm eastern time.

The photographs shown are a special set I’ve done for the holidays of two individually framed photographs which pair beautifully together, and priced at a ten percent discount over buying them separately. On the website are many gift ideas, from gift certificates to custom extra large sizes.


Dobbins Lane

This is one of the new images from my photographing this autumn.  It’s called Dobbins Lane and was taken with the 8×16 camera, it is printed as a silver gelatin darkroom print on warm toned paper and is up on my website now – here.

Shows are over for the season and I’ve  got the time to go out photographing and also work in the darkroom.   It’s been a satisfying year not only with the art shows but also the news that some of my work was exhibited at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado and at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.  I’m very excited to work with the Hoyt Center for the Arts in New Castle, Pennsylvania on a solo exhibition of my photographs to be shown during the summer of 2014.  News on that will be posted here.

On the website I put together some sets of photographs which go well together and have them available at a ten percent discount over the usual prices – check them out here.  There has been a big interest in custom orders and larger sizes so those are also up on the website. Click here for more info


This weekend’s show

color darkroom photograph, 4x5" field view camera.  Zion, Utah

color darkroom photograph, 4×5″ field view camera. Zion, Utah

I have a last-minute addition to my show schedule.  This weekend, Sept 7-8, I’ll be in Wilmington, Delaware at the Brandywine Festival of the Arts.  For show info please check out their website here.  Hope to see you there!

Labor Day Weekend Show, plus news

Over Labor Day weekend I’m at the Long’s Park Art and Craft Festival in Lancaster, PA in booth 128.   photo


I also found out this week that two of the photos from my coal miner portrait series will be exhibited in the Mid-Atlantic Juried Art Exhibition at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

Bob S


Farmer Bob

This weekend’s show

Saturday and Sunday I will be at the Eagles Mere Outdoor Arts Festival on the village green in Eagles Mere, PA. Booth 38, hours 9-5 both days.

I’ve also added a show in October, the Bruce Museum Outdoor Arts Festival in Greenwich, CT Oct 12 and 13. Booth number and other info will be coming soon.

New photograph: ‘Primeval Forest’

This is a new gelatin silver direct contact print taken with the 8×16 film camera.   (For non-photo-geeks, a contact print means the film negative is placed directly against the paper and exposed with the light source, rather than being enlarged. It gives a lot of depth and tone.)   This one is called ‘Primeval Forest’ and is part of the Ancient Forests portfolio project I’ve been working on.

Primeval Forest

July 20-21 I’m in Westport CT

Tomorrow I’m leaving for the Westport Fine Arts Festival in Westport, CT.   I’ll be in booth 46.  For information on the location and show times please check out their website: Westport Fine Arts Festival

In addition to the handprinted silver gelatin contact prints and my sepia images I will also have a couple of my new very large versions of Running Horses, Winter Bishop, and Mystic Beach.  These are not available on the website so far because of the difficulty in shipping – framed, each is 51″ long by 31″.

Mystic Beach, Yucatan

Update: results of the 8×16 vignette test shots

A few weeks ago I did some test photographs using a 150mm lens from my 4×5 camera, mounted to lensboards for my 8×16″ camera. (See the previous blog post for more details on what I was doing and why.)

These are six of the resulting images, printed as silver gelatin contact prints – contact prints are photographs made by pressing the large film negative directly against the photographic paper and shining the light through it so the resulting photograph is exactly the size of the film. Normally the negative is placed on an enlarger and the size is increased but doing it this way has some benefits as far as the tonal depth and detail.







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