Two Online Articles

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Two articles have just been published online, both involving my Dark Matter series. The first is an essay at www.layflat.org, written by Lex ThompsonF* That: Photography and the Ineffable and includes work by Mishka Henner, Mårten Lange and Jason Lazarus, as well as mine.

 

The other is by David Walker in the July 2013 issue of Photo District News. He talked with Timothy G. Piotrowski, Colleen Mullins and myself about the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative Grant.

Photogravure Workshop

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This past weekend I taught another 2.5-day workshop on the polymer photogravure process at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Again, I was fortunate in having eight fantastic participants, most of whom happened to be photographers.

The first evening we looked at prints and discussed the kind of film output that is necessary for polymer photogravure and how it varies from the kind of film needed for other processes. We finished the evening by making the film positives using an Epson printer, ready to start making plates on the Saturday.

On Saturday morning I demonstrated the preparation of the plates, the two exposures – aquatint screen and film positive – and the processing. We also covered inking and wiping and how it differs from copperplate. Then they were on their own, making plates and printing, and even after just half a day’s hands-on experience the results were amazing; they were all producing very respectable prints. Sunday was spent working on other images, outputting more film, making new plates or experimenting with the same image using stiffer/looser inks or different papers.

So, thank you Regina Flanagan, Nancy A. Johnson, Carrie Shea, Martina Gates, Philip Anderson, Ashlin Mears, Claudia Danielson and Gina Dabrowski.

Website Redesign

I have a newly redesigned website that I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks now. There are still a few tweaks to be made – adding titles to the images is one – but for the best part it’s up and working as it should be.

I wanted to bring together a few aspects of my site that were scattered around before, because they used a mix of static HTML and WordPress – the weblog and the iPhone Photostream especially. So now the whole thing runs on a WordPress database, looks seamless in design and is easier to customise. One app to rule them all.

One of the concerns I had before was that it took time to create slideshows and/or put up new work. Using Lightroom helped, but because the site was primarily made up of static HTML pages it meant I couldn’t take advantage of certain WP plugins like Raygun‘s Portfolio Slideshow Pro.  I love this plugin and I’ve been wanting to integrate into my site for a long time now. Momnt have now taken over the distribution for this and other Raygun plugins. So for now, creating slideshows is simple and quick, rather than a daunting task.

The other part I love is the iPhone Photostream, for want of a better name. I can take photos with my iPhone, edit them if necessary and then quickly and easily upload them on the go to Flickr. From there a plugin pulls them into my website automatically.

 

The Cameleon App

This iOS app from F295certainly sounds as if it could be the one. The estimated date of availability in the App store is May 15th.

Cameleon doesn’t want to be your novelty, toy camera app of the week, but is looking for a serious long term relationship. It doesn’t rely on kitsch filters or novelty toy lenses, film packs, or in-app purchases, but instead gives you an almost infinite amount of control over the picture’s most important parameters. We realize that one app can’t nor should do it all, so we concentrated on the important things:

1. #getitincamera Get the shot you want, with your distinct look, the first time, and eliminate nearly all routine post processing.

2. #nopostprocessing As much as possible eliminate those time consuming same steps often repeated over and over to give an image series your signature look.

3. The Digital Safety Net The ability to make a picture and change it as often as you want without losing data. For example, let’s say you snap it with your own tweaked and highly customized black and white, high contrast look, but later you think golly! I wish I would have made this in super saturated color! No problem! Go into the Cameleon editor and dial it up! Done! No more sacrificing.

4. #Onward The power is in your hands! Moving beyond toy lenses, film packs, and predefined unchangeable parameters.

5. Fast Cameleon is lightening fast. No delay or lag at start-up that causes you to miss the shot.

6. No in-App advertising We hate it, and suspect you do too.

7. No tracking of your information We don’t care where you were, where your going, or who your with. We only care about giving you the tools to make awesome photographs. Cameleon doesn’t harvest any of your personal data.