November 29, 2007


Music | The Heart of the Matter by India Arie

So lately, the subject of silver based photographs have been crossing my path in conversation, emails and content of some forums I frequent.

M Tucker wrote... "A few days ago, when I was moving the box, I opened it, just to peek at the prints. Here we are, almost 26 years later, and the fiber prints still glowed with as much luminance as they did the day I made them."

And today I was writing to some friends about my recent experience with fiber silver prints...

"...On another note, I picked up some framed photos from my ex, that were displayed in her shop - must be a total of 6 to 8 pieces. Anyway, the 2 that I picked up the other day was from a shoot of my father's hands I did around 20 years ago. He worked in the factories, repairing these huge machines that made springs and such. Every time a machine broke down, he would be on it. Every time a machine needed to be changed out to make a different spec of spring, he changed out the pieces. Over the many years he worked on the machines, his hands hold in it, the history of the grudgingly difficult work. After cleaning off the glass and frame, I finally stopped and really looked into the photo. The history, the sweat and toil, it is all there captured (and I hate to use that term) on silver. There is yet still an elegance and brilliance, almost gem like quality to the photo itself.

I won't be going back to the darkroom anytime in the near future. But right in front of me, all these years the quality and artistry that my inner artist has been looking for and to achieve has been inside me. I'll be working on bringing it out for 2008.

November 25, 2007

The Climbing Queen...

Music | Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae

D has been climbing since March of this year. She has managed to reach the top of each and every climb, which numbers somewhere in the 40's. She decided to climb a wall that is meant for advanced climbers only. As you can see, there are only depressions on that wall and no protrusions, like the ones to the right in the photo. To my amazement, to the top, again she went...

November 17, 2007

Music | More Shine by Si Se

I was reminded of a photograph I took of a good friend, GG. I can't believe I never posted this one before. It must have been shot in 2006 when I did a few series of her.

November 13, 2007

On writing...

Music | Senimientos by Andres Linetzky and Ernesto Romero

I've got so much to say, but my mind is pre-occupied... I've been this way for the past few days. I've been doing more writing than ususual... It's nice to have something to say and feel that it could last for a very long time. Pen on paper... I've written some great things (if I do say so myself) and a lot of crap, mostly on the internet. And with the exception of what I've written on this blog, most of it is gone... Maybe someday someone will retrieve some of the things I've written and be affected by it, good or bad. It is funny how that seems to satisfy me. I do regret not writing more via pen and paper.

I've written to my daughter, cause the things I have to say are important. I've written for the hell of it, cause it makes me feel better. I even wrote to a stranger, hoping that we'll have a drink.

November 09, 2007

More Gifts...

Music | Fall into You by Soulstice


I'm working on an edit and just processed this image. Right out of the camera and run thru acr only...

I'm getting better at this!


Music | Subterra by Saru

When images come to you, you take them.


Music | Trigger Hippie by Morcheeba

I'm sure you've noted the music above... it is what I am listening to whenever I start to write in my blog...

Pandora Radio - Listen to Free Internet Radio, Find New Music

I love this site. It's one of my most favorite of all time because it always keeps giving. I have found more new artists and amazing music since I've been listening to Pandora than anywhere else and in any time of my life.

Recent new artists include, Imogen Heap, Tina Dico, Natalie Walker (specifically, Circles). Kate Havnevik, Joss Stone and music from familiar names but songs I've never heard.

Set up is really easy and you'll thank me for it if you've not done so all ready. Send me some of your favorite stations you've created!

November 05, 2007

The Safety Matrix

Music | Teardrop by Massive Attack, featuring Liz Fraser

The Safety Matrix

This concept also works as for artist as well. I've written about this before, about being comfortable and not putting myself in position of risk. We all need to kick back and relax, enjoy life as it is, but I also think we need to step out of our comfort zones and push ourselves outside of our own heads. Feelings of uncertainty opens doors to new solutions to the creative process.
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