Friday, May 29, 2009

Urban settings

As Summer approaches, I will have time to scout out new urban locations. I also have to thank my husband for being a terrific bodyguard and assistant as he has been and will be with me for my shoots. I have heard of female photographers that take risks in shooting alone on location and even I have a couple of times but I really don't recommend it unless you are in a highly public place..and then you might want to reconsider any nudity ;)

In two weeks, I will be back out in Queens, New York. I am looking at it from a different perspective than when I first moved here. I now see it as rich with decay, which is a good thing. Still, I want to explore other places as well. Other boroughs, and other states - especially New Jersey.

In the meantime, today was a wet and cold day reminiscent of some of the Seattle days. It shouldn't be, though, as June is only a few days away.

Did I mention how much I love Hahnemuhle's Bamboo Paper? Yes, it is made out of bamboo! I can now say I am doing my part in helping the environment :D

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Spring Has Indeed Sprung!

The weather has finally turned to glorious. It is almost June, after all, but May has been a little too cool for me. I have been excitedly working on the urban project with the Holga and am really pleased with the results. The images are taking on a dream-like quality which is inherent of the Holga image. Now with the warmer weather and some free time, I will be able to really dedicate the time to this project.

I met with the owner of Wall Space Gallery in Seattle, while I was there and she liked the direction very much. She is really so sweet as well. It's nice to have someone in the biz to just chill with. For years, I (and I am sure many artists) place gallery owners on this deified pedestal when in reality, they are human like everyone else. There are some that are stuffier than others but *shrug* whatever. In any event, she has also told me that my work, including the Rabbitholes series screams alternative process. Yes..I know this. Michael Mazzeo said it, too.

Do I want to invest in the money for a UV box and chemistry to do this? Of course I could use the good old sun but it's never consistent and I may not be around during the day to take advantage of it. Besides, if I am going to be doing this for awhile, I may just want to invest in one. Then again, they are huge (unless I can look into seeing if there is such a thing as a small one?) and where do I put that thing? It would be nice to do a workshop in Cyanotype or Van Dyke Brown but they are way expensive. The Maine workshop is $1300, I believe. Ha ha! Anyway, I need to really research it. Cyanotype is one of the easiest processes and the chemistry is not ridiculously toxic....I will have to check it out.

In other exciting news, I will be meeting with Colin Ford in June. Mr. Ford is a British photo historian specializing in the works of Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll (right up my alley!!!!). He has written and co-written many books on their work. If he likes my work, I am hoping he would be willing to write a commentary on it. My friend Joan thinks that I should make a book (blurb or such) and I could include his statement and that would be great to bring around to galleries. I thought that was an excellent idea. Now, let's hope I can get Mr. Ford to do this :D

Now off to scan in more negatives from Seattle. Hopefully I will have something here on my blog next post.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Inspiration but frustation

So in the art world, we know that the art galleries are in trouble so many are not looking at new artists and the ones that are, want something edgy and/or so magnificent which is difficult to find. Yet, I am still seeing so much crap out there. Go figure...

However, if I let that stop me from creating work, then I am not an artist. As I decide what to do with the "Rabbitholes..." series in terms of printing, the new project is looking good. Aside from a couple of images, I am shooting exclusively with the Holga

I am loving the dream-like quality of the images and the simplicity of the operation. I shot 7 rolls of film with it in Seattle and am in the process of developing it now. Images soon to come.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Until then....

Nikon FM2, Holga, and a Panasonic Lumix will all be in tow on my trip to Seattle. I plan to make this as photographic a trip as possible even if it's going to rain most days.

I am just looking forward to the escape away from work and home.

See you soon!