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
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:
The Kenzo Estate Winery was founded by Kenzo Tsujimoto over twenty years ago on the slopes of Mt. George in the Napa Valley, California. Laura and I were honored to be the guests of Kenzo Estate’s general manager Michael Terrien, who generously showed us around the entire winemaking facility, including the magnificent man-made caves that are carved into the hillside just a few steps away from the vineyards and tasting room.
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.
“Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today.” – Edward Abbey, author and essayist.
Another overnight snowfall leaves a fresh cover. The velvet touch on one’s eye is comforting, as if the snow shelters what is to come.
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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.
Our garden flourishes- herbs, lettuces, tomatoes, kale, spinach, and arugula. I truly did not know, when we began this backyard project a couple of years ago, that there would be so much bounty and pleasure garnered from the small plot.
“To me, pictures are like blintzes- ya gotta get them while they’re hot.” – Weegee
Happy Fourth of July!