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
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!
Over Labor Day weekend I’m at the Long’s Park Art and Craft Festival in Lancaster, PA in booth 128. www.longspark.org/art
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.
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. http://visithistoriceaglesmere.com/eaglesmere/directions/
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.
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.
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″.
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.
Last week I mounted a bunch of 4×5″ lenses to the lensboards for my 8×16″ camera in order to test their vignetting effects. I really liked the vignette I got in April on the Smoky Mountain Dogwoods image with the 240mm lens on the ultra-large format camera, and wanted to explore some of my other lenses and see what resulted. I needed soft light so was on the road at 3am today to head for Rickett’s Glen to do some test shots with the 210 lens and the 150, which so far is turning out to be the best for the wide angle shots and circular vignettes. I made four exposures, the last one at 7:30am and developed them this afternoon.
Today’s film was Ilford HP5 (400 speed). Vignettes are the darker shadows in the periphery of a photograph, which can be done intentionally for dramatic effect or can be an accident caused by using a lens too small for the negative. In this case I liked the look with the particular landscape subjects so choose lenses intended for my 4×5″ camera and used them on my 8×16″, knowing the smaller format lenses would not completely cover the negative and would hopefully give me the effect I wanted. Every iphone app has a way to add a vignette digitally these days but there’s no fascination for me in doing that. There are also darkroom ways to add it, but it can tend to look fake. These are the negatives after developing and on the light box. I will be printing them as gelatin silvers this week.
This weekend I am in Chicago at the 57th St Art Fair booth 513. I’ll have the very large version of ‘Winter, Bishop’ which is not on my website, shown here on the wall in a customer’s home.
For Memorial Day weekend I’ll be in Harrisburg at the Patriot News ArtsFest in Riverfront Park, booth #265. For times and other info go to www.jumpstreet.org/events/artsfest
In other news, my photograph ‘Dorothy & the Sunglasses’ was selected for the 2013 Art of the State exhibition at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, June 23-Sept 8. It is a handprinted silver gelatin photograph, taken with my Hasselblad. Dorothy is the same Amish child I photographed holding her pet duck a few years ago. In this photo she was clowning around with some sunglasses her mother had bought at a yard sale, to wear while gardening.