I finally got a chance to get back out and work on some more photographs. I haven’t been able to in way too long. It was a very inspired outing and I got some great images. I have added three new photographs to the Notions of Eden collection. I’m very excited about them and the show as a whole. Below is one of the newest images that’s actually going to be considered an outtake It will not be part of the show, but I like it nonetheless. It is also representative of something I rarely do as it’s a composite image.
While I was making a 2 minute exposure (actually of one of the new pieces that made the cut) I was looking around and just behind me was a goose perched on her nest. Right there beside the parking area. She was extremely still and I took a long exposure of her that came out sharp. Of course, she was probably trying to sleep and here was this crazy guy checking her out. She was quite beautiful I must say.
I’ve decided to start a blog series on what inspires me in this world. What follows is my first go at this. I see this being slightly different in subsequent posts than what’s below, but this is where we begin.
When I began my art career, I was working in the two mediums of painting and photography. I love the process of both of these. Painting with oils gives you a lot of time to work to make the paint say what you want it to. It’s very much similar to working in a darkroom exposing the image onto paper. Dodging, burning working the image in every spot to make it just so. Even the action of changing pixels on the computer is the same. (The best Â – absolute best – part of working digitally is that I no longer have to contend with dust. Ever!)
To this end, I have always sought ways to combine the actions of painting and photographing. For my university exit show I produced a body of work in which I had made my own negatives and taken portraits. I thickly coated emulsion on old, cleared negative sheets and made long exposure portraits. It was a fun process, but quite expensive and time consuming. The results were great. It was the first time I felt that I had accomplished my goal of integrating photography and painting. In that, it was a success and I was happy about it. I’ve put an example of this work at the bottom of this article.
One of my two most favorite painters is Gerhard Richter. He has no real peer in his work. Though he has greatly inspired later generations. To me, his soft paintings are the visual equivalent to my favorite type of music, shoegazer. His work combines the soft dreamy with the loose fuzziness. I realise that these are vague terms and aren’t necessarily applicable to every piece. This is just an analysis of how my brain interprets what I see, hear and feel and how that translates into what I do with that information artistically. I think this all relates to my larger fascination with German Expressionism and Romanticism at large. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the same. It’s a very beautiful ugliness.
This does not necessarily translate into the art I produce, but it’s at the heart of what drives me to produce art. I would say that, of all the work in my catalogue, it best relates to Notions of Eden and the aforementioned portrait series.
I now have new business cards for my fine art photography. I have had some for my commercial art, but to me, these are way more exciting. As always Moo does a standup job with their printing.
I wasn’t up to going out and taking photos for my projects. So I stayed home and took a few out on the deck while the dog had his last outside time for the day. The moon was bright and clouds were rolling in. I love the way clouds in the night photograph in such a painterly way.
I did one other exposure that was 5 mins. I should have stopped it down and made it a longer exposure, but oh well. That’s the Big Dipper just to the left of center. This one was a great night-for-day photo that is a bit of a rage nowadays. I can’t say that’s what I was trying for, but that is what I got.
With the making of this new site I have been unveiling my new show of work – Notions of Eden. I have been working on these photographs for a while now and am really excited about getting them out to show the world.
I am slowly working on my artists statement which will be posted with the work here. I have many ideas about what I want to say and am having trouble getting it to a more concise point to post. The gist of it is looking at the new artificial world we are creating around our industrial areas to bring the nature back.
I am also happy to announce that this work is just the start of a rather inspired period I’ve found myself in right now. So, hopefully, I’ll be posting many more groups of work here in the near future as I get them closer to fruition. It’s always very exciting to find yourself in an inspired time! It’s been too long for me an I plan to make the most of it.