Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Here's an oldie. I'm guessing it was taken around 1988-89. I had been out shooting in a cemetery, and wandered into an old section with graves of children. I liked this gravestone with the broken wing. I shot it as is, then hung a white glass mask (bought at Pier 1) on it and shot it a second time.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
In December, once the semester has ended and I have a little free time, I often unwind by driving around shooting holiday decorations. I like when I find a house that really overdoes it, especially when they mix religious and secular decorations.
This was shot a couple of years ago. This house had at least 50 plastic figures scattered all over the front lawn and driveway.
Friday, December 18, 2009
I shot these with an old Kodak 35mm camera last summer. It's a crumbling sign painted on the window of Rainbow Cone, a southside Chicago institution. That camera easily allows for multiple exposures on a single frame of film. The second photo is a double exposure of the same scene.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I shot this photo in Budapest in August, 2007. I'm standing near the castle atop the hill on the Buda side of the Danube river (Budapest was once two cities, Buda and Pest). The tower off in the distance is the houses of Parliament, and the bridge on the right is the famous Chain Bridge.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I shot this photo a couple of miles from my house while on a bike ride. I often carry my toy Holga camera with me when I'm riding, it's lightweight and tucks into my bike bag easily. I like this photo, the Mary next to the train rumbling down the tracks makes an interesting scene.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
We're having the first (and I hope the last, but that will never happen) super cold spell in Chicago now. The high today was in the single digits. Ugh.
Here's a photo taken someplace warm: Maui. This is the east side of the island, near the town of Hana. I wish I was there now.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
I made this collage last December, the same night I made the one two posts ago. This one was accidental, I had the eyes and lips placed so they actually looked like a face, but bumped it before I had glued them down. I liked they way they rearranged themselves better.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Here's an oldie-one of the first collages I made, dating back to 1984. It's made from images taken from a 1950's era homemaker's magazine. I wish I had known what I was doing back then-I made this collage on construction paper, not the most archival material to make art with. I also had it laminated at some point, probably not a good thing.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
This photo was shot a couple of years ago with my Nishika four lens camera. Nishikas are cheap plastic cameras which take four photos using two frames of 35mm film. Processed in the right way, they can be made into lenticular prints. Like all my toy cameras, I usually shoot expired film in my Nishika, and welcome the color shifts and other imperfections.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I bought a new computer a couple of months ago, and the updated version of iPhoto that came installed on it has face recognition built in. It went through my entire library of photos, and tagged what it thought were faces. That lead to the occasional humorous tag in which inanimate objects were marked as faces. Here's two of them. I thought they were funny, so I took screenshots of the photos with the tags. The faces are labeled 'unnamed' because it didn't recognize a specific face.
The first photo was taken at Children’s Fairyland, a trippy amusement park for young kids in Oakland, CA. The bottom one is a photo of one of the cool vintage arcade games at Musée Mécanique, the only thing worth seeing on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
This is a photo of a model for the new wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, which opened last spring.I've posted some of these before, as well as cyanotype prints made of them, both on this blog and on Lightbender, my other blog. I'm feeling a bit lazy (it's 12:45 am, and I'm about to put the Mac to sleep and go read for a while), so you'll have to look through old blog posts if you're interested in seeing them.
Now that the new wing is open, I want to go photograph the actual space (as opposed to the models). I'll get to that before too long, after I finish a half dozen other projects I'm working on at the moment.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
I shot this photo at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor, MI a couple of years ago. I actually like the reflection in the glass in that photo. I made a Polaroid lift of his photo, here's how it turned out.
I like the reds better in the lift, but the turquoise tones in the reflections are lost, which I don't like so much.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Here's a shot taken in Chicago's Loop with my Holga camera a couple of years ago. It was shot with expired black and white film (I usually only shoot with expired film in my Holga). I added the color in in Photoshop. I made a print of this and took it to The Netherlands the last time I was there, and gave it to my friend Els.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
People seemed to like the photo of Crater Lake I posted last week, so here's another one. I'm facing west in this one, on the east side of the rim. It was in the afternoon, and the sun was getting low in the sky. I love the reflection on the water, and the backlit western rim of the crater.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Here's a panorama of an abandoned factory on the far south side of Chicago. I've shot there a few times over the past year, but haven't been there since late last Spring. I flew over it on my way home from vacation last summer, and it looked like the building had been completely torn down. I should go out there again and take a look.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I shot this photo at a souvenir shop in Amsterdam a few years ago. The center of the city, like any spot heavily visited by tourists, is full of souvenir shops selling mostly crap. Fortunately, in Amsterdam, one only needs to walk a few blocks to escape that madness.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I shot this photo in Hoge Veluwe National Park in The Netherlands when I was visiting there as part of an educational exchange in 2005. Hoge Veluwe is a really interesting park. Most of it is off limits to cars, and there are dozens of white bicycles available for use for free to ride around the park. In the center of the park is an art museum, the Kröller-Müller Museum, which has the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings (after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam), and a huge and wonderful sculpture park with modern sculpture scattered throughout a wooded area. It's definitely worth visiting if you're in The Netherlands.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I was in Washington DC this past September for the wedding of my partner's sister. The wedding and our hotel room were both in Dupont Circle, a pretty Washington neighborhood that I had never visited before. I shot these photos out of the window of our room on the morning of the wedding.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I shot this with my Holga camera a couple of summers ago. It's part of a fence surrounding a parking lot just off of Argyle St. in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. Argyle St. is a three or four block stretch of Vietnamese restaurants and groceries (there's an occasional Chinese business there as well). Does anyone know what this character is?