Aging- the beautiful process of lawful return.
The photographs in this collection incorporate full color technology to simulate traditional black and white or grayscale reproduction, yielding incredibly rich tones and subtle values. Please feel free to contact me (see information to the right) with any questions about availability of these images, or any others in this gallery, for your personal or company art collection. BT
As use of social media has taken off, the relevance of of the ‘blog’ for one like myself, who does not necessarily have a lot to ‘say’, but does have a lot to share, comes into question. Several times each week examples of my creative/ personal photography are posted on my Facebook wall. Recently I have also begun to regularly post examples of the work being generated by Taxel Image Group, i.e., a portfolio of commercial photography on the TIG wall.
That being said, I have also recently gotten requests to display (and sell) my art on line, so I will begin using this blog site to shamelessly promote that cause… experimentally, of course. Here is the first of what will become periodic displays of works that can be purchased as archival pigment prints in various sizes. Feel free to contact me directly for pricing and delivery details. Cheers, BT
While the temperatures have been steadily rising since the end of our late cool and wet spring, there have been many opportunities for camerawork. Some recent findings:
Often one does not have to look far to find the reality of fundamental laws reflected in man’s creations. What allows a bridge to stand erect and sturdy for generations along with the elegance of it’s design? Further, light bending through the lens that then triggers electronic impulses to create a two dimensional representation challenges the viewer to feel one’s own presence while witnessing this wonder.
Perhaps its best just to sit back and feel the forces that are at work. Certainly today in the recognition of the first (top) image during a routine editing session, and then tonight during a photographing demonstration for my class (bottom image), the photographs speak on a different level than words can express, at least not easily. So they will speak for themselves. Perhaps others, who are not so close as I, can find the appropriate phrases to accompany them?
What are your impressions of winter’s chill? Here in Northeast Ohio winter brings many consecutive days without direct sunlight. The grayness often weaves the days into each other. When the sun does emerge I often cannot believe that so much time has gone by. Dimensionality becomes apparent when the sun appears, as if life is defined by shadows.
We were rummaging through one of the studio refrigerators recently and found a number of rolls of film of various ages- with expiration dates of 1989, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2003. These are the dates that the film was no longer within normal life expectancy, so they are even a few years older than the dates stamped on them. It was, no doubt, time to place a few of these vintage pieces on the shelves of the studio prop wall- home of many of the more interesting vintage objects that I have acquired over the past 40 years.
Each of these ensembles has a story. Briefly…
The Hasselblad 500cm shell came from one of my camera bodies after the shell had to be replaced- a piece of it had literally worn out! The Kodak T-Max 100 and Tri-X 120 films were probably the most used stocks in the studio for black and white photography (4X5 Plus-X was pretty well used too!).
The Kodak Retina came from my mom’s husband David Richmond- an avid amateur photographer. I was a passionate user of infrared film, mostly black and white, for several years. Like most artist photographers this was not for scientific reasons. The warm glow (which is actually caused by the type of base that the emulsion is attached to) of the film, that appears to be more sensitive to heat than it is to light, is seductive, to say the least.
The Yashica 44 is one of two twin lens cameras in the collection- both originally belonged to my dad, who was a pro/am photographer in his retirement. This particular piece is one that he probably purchased in the 1950′s or early 1960′s. The film (127/ 4X4) is an odd size, in between 35mm and 120/6X6. I purchased a brick of the film (20 rolls) in the mid 1980′s when I heard that it was going to go out of production.
We still keep a film camera in our arsenal of working equipment- it’s a Deardorff 4X5 special. I use this outfit occasionally for black and white landscape photography, especially for my ongoing Lake View Cemetery book project.
I shared these words with my class last night (and in this blog one year ago):
“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The winter here on the northcoast brings many successive days of cloud cover. Days lacking in direct sunlight knit together into weeks of grey blending. The tendency is to not be watchful, to be inattentive to the details that are revealed by the shadowless illumination. Occasionally there is a breakthrough. I am enlivened by an inner or outer reminder. The image maker comes to bare and I am a photographer once again.
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In this first year of recovery from the great recession we have done some fabulous work for a number of incredible clients! Additionally, this is the year that I began teaching photography again, since ‘retiring’ from that profession in 1985.
Thank you, all… 2011 promises to be a great year for art and learning.