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Friday, December 21, 2012

I'm Blue

In a world of saturation comes the good ol fashion blues with a story to tell. The land of cyanotypes is a stoic place with a touch of fantasy, only to be seen in duotone.  
Technically cyanotype is Greek for ‘dark blue impression,’ thanks Sir John Herschel.  It is an iron-salt-sensitive process, painted on to a surface. Once exposed to UV light its chemical reaction creates a Prussian blue pigment.  Creating one of a kind pieces.  Of course there is a lot more to it, but no one wants to read an instruction manual.
I’ve been playing with a few alternative processes and the current favorite is cyanotypes.  These blue beauties can be brought to life two ways; the sun and a UV lights.  Now that the clouds block the sun, a UV light box is in order.  I enlisted my dad for help to build my sun box once the materials come.  I can’t wait!  Creativity from beginning to end feeds my soul!  Once my sun box is in full swing Palladium is in my future.  There I go again, getting ahead of myself.  I’m still feelin the blue.

More to come once my sun box is built!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Photography for Photography

I had just sold two pieces of work from Body Continuum, feeling fly with a pocket full we went antiquing.  The list was small; A thimble to use (did you know people collect these finger condoms and actually pay up to a hundred plus dollars!?  I got mine for a good quality dollar).  A bunt cake pan because I was not going to pay the $25 Target was asking for.  There used to be 3 in every old lady kitchen!  Where did they all go?  Last but not least a sugar bowl.  With my shovels in tow the mission began only to be diverted by the very first stop.   Jennie, Sarah and I were quickly distracted by three daguerreotypes behind the glass.  The key quickly arrived, as did my excitement.   I was trying to hide my delight to get a deal with a lot of hmmm and awing.  Ultimately I knew they were coming home with me.   Three daguerreotypes; Two at 2.25in x 2.75in and one at 3.25in x 3.75in and one of these ladies looks like a little boy dressed in girls clothing.  You think, no way, but yes, there is a high probability she indeed was a he.
While cruising the streets of Dublin, Ireland our lady guide for the day was quite informative.  Among the many factoids she said that most boys (way back in the day) were dressed as girls so the angels would not take them away.  Probably due to disease and such.  This would go on for sometimes up to the age of 10.  Now did I check on the validity of this story?... of course not.  Who knows, maybe they were originally Yeats’ Stolen Children.  I’m still going to go with the idea that the daguerreotype that I have is really a he. 

Boy or Girl?
3.25 x 3.75 inches

 2.25 x 2.75 inches

2.25 x 2.75 inches

Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Europe Dream

It’s been just over a month since I got back from Europe.  Even though not much time has past, my memories are dream like.  Due to the types of cameras these were taken with they have a fuzzy dream like quality, which makes me smile.  These are the last of my Europe images taken with my Diana and Holga cameras. I did little to no alterations to the film once scanned, including cleaning up all the dust spots from scanning.  I like the past life look it gives the images, like they have been worn and lived through.  Unfortunately I do not have a lot of color images due to too many light leaks.  Boo.


I scanned the image in backwards and decided I liked it better this way, so I kept it.


Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher



 Versalles, with an impeding light leak.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Love At First Sight

Paris was so inspiring.  The first quick tour about town and I was surprisingly hooked. There is so much to do and see in the 40 square miles of the city.  It's amazing that such a small city can hold so many wonders with an electric melancholy mixed atmosphere fusing the past and the present.  

My last day in Paris I went to Versailles all by myself.  Getting lost was not an impediment but a welcomed occasion, just me and my surroundings a million miles away from home.  Perfect.

The cherub pointed that way and off I went.

Oh, hello naked man in the woods.

Walking through Marie Antoinette's chateau was surreal.  It felt like a bigger than life size doll house.  The thought of seeing her chateau in its hay day, when she still had her head, would have been absolutely magical.  I could think of no better place to be lost for hours on end.

Marie Antoinette's desk.

Yes, it looks toy size from afar, but it is quite the opposite.

sooc (straight out of camera)

It took almost a half an hour to get this shot with the least amount of people possible.  Well worth the wait.

Walking on my own accord and stumbling upon sites like this.  Lovely.




Montmarte, during their Fete de la Musique or Day of Music.  We will be going back with this date in mind.

Au revoir Paris! Next time I visit I shall have a larger vocabulary. So when I'm mistaken as a Parisian I can properly answer the question.  As my tour guide said, when a stranger asks you a question it makes you connected with the people around you, human.  Lord knows I was looking for a friendly face to affirm I had gotten on the right C train.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sharing is Caring

London, I immediately think of the nursery rhyme then Portobello Road.  Antiquing was the name of this days game... I should have bought the ring.  Here's a few shots when I had my camera.

Had to do it.


I love willow trees.

Fine and pretty.

One more for the road.

Feelin a little Dali with Big Ben.

This one goes out to Steph, thanks for sharing your tripod. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Wales and England

It’s been over a week since I got back from Europe and I want to go back already; but who wouldn’t?  The list of things we did and places we went are long, and surprisingly enough, I hardly took out my camera.  Yes, I know, shocking.  I soon realized seeing these beautiful countries behind the camera was not the route I was going to take.  Don’t get me wrong, I definitely took some shots, just nowhere near filling up my available memory or film.  I did however eat my way through Europe ;) and that was clearly defined in the plan.
This round of photos are from Wales and England.  My grandparents traveled the world having bits of money from different countries.  I brought some of their pounds and quickly realized some of them were no longer in circulation.  Oops.

sooc (straight out of camera)
Between each stop was a delightful nap.  Waking up to castle number 1,000,000.


Swallow Falls

Anne Hathaway's garden, Shakespeare's wife had a green thumb.

No photos taken in Anne Hathaway's place... Well worth the cough I had to fake to cover up the sound on my shutter.  Lovely.

 Can you tell I liked the diamond windows?  They were everywhere.  Hathaway's still wins.

You dare not scoff at the Madam.

Oxford!  And yes they wear robes to class, like in Harry Potter.