Inside this issue you’ll find stunning imagery from Robert Moran, Matthew Lawson Magruder, Katharina Ira Fotografie, as well as other equally talented individuals provided by the rest of the Blur team. I’m also happy to report an added section devoted to the “flawed” exhibit of instant film images from the A Smith Gallery Hope you enjoy, and as always, sincere thanks for checking it out!”
The exhibition will be on view through March 6, 2016, so if you are in Johnson City, please stop by A Smith Gallery to see the artworks, say hello to Kevin and Amanda and enjoy.
My day of trial proofing photogravures included a 4″ x 5″ print dear to my heart. This print began on the grounds of the La Romita School of Art in Italy. I took this image while wandering through the olive grove and peeking over the aged stone wall at the back of the property. I had 2 seconds to take this shot, as the Guard Dog performed his diligent duty and herded the sheep to a point of safety from my iPhone picture snapping.
Here is our color trial proof (CTP) choice, we will be making a small edition of à la poupée photogravures with a slight modification to the ink color. This small treasure was tediously à la poupéed by Printer, Cordelia Blanchard under the supervision of Master Printer, Tracy Mayrello. I am so pleased by their craftsmanship with my photogravure.
I used my iPhone on a trip to Maui to create this capture of the Baldwin house in Iao Valley. I knew I wanted to depict this image in a manner that made you feel the early history not only of the home, but of the ancient landscape.
Working as a team at Flatbed Press with Master Printer, Tracy Mayrello, and Printer, Cordelia Blanchard, we spent a day of trial proofing photogravures from a solar plate of my image (made with the assistance of Master Printer, Katherine Brimberry). From that day of press and ink work, one proof was chosen for the final editioning. Here is our color trial proof (CTP) choice, we will be making an edition of 15 chine collé, à la poupée, photo gravures as soon as my shipment of green Kozo paper arrives. This is part of a long term series I am working on: Telescoping Landscapes.
It is always good to look for inspiration in the creativity of other artists. I just visited The Tarot Garden in Italy with the amazing work of Niki de Saint Phalle. Photos do not do it justice, you MUST see this garden in person. The towering sculptures beckoning you to come, touch, hear, see. The colors delight and the spaces impress an unforgettable experience. Crazy, wonky, fun – therefore my image must be crazy, wonky, and fun too. iPhone image processed with Photo Toaster.
I’m currently on a trip to the La Romita School of art in Terni, Italy. I had my iPhone handy during a tour through the adjoining olive grove. While looking over the rock wall surrounding the property I had one brief moment to see the sheep next door before the ever dutiful herding dog moved them off to safety upon my intrusion. I processed this image with the app, Vintage Photo.
I have a new concept I want to develop using my iPhone landscapes taken during my travels. Here is an example from a recent trip to Maui. The sugar cane burn cloud perfectly resembled a (hometown) Texas tornado. I think these would make awesome photo gravures in sepia ink. Processed with my ever favorite, PhotoToaster.
(Photo)Toasting Koi. I have enjoyed the PhotoToaster app lately, with all of its great choices for iPhoneography. I am on vacation and couldn’t pass up the beautiful Koi on the grounds where I am staying. This image I processed with the “pale” function. I had so much fun rendering my Koi images – I am going to have to visit the fish again tomorrow!
I do love revisiting older iPhone images captured after finding a new app I like. First I used PhotoToaster, which offers a lot of processing options and effects, saved it to the camera roll, then processed the new rendering through Instagram. This is an old tricycle I saw through the window of an abandoned home in Johnson City, Texas.
I am on a workshop with TJ Avery and Marti Jeffers in Big Bend National Park. Working on site with a group of like-minded photographers is the best gift I could give myself. After 25 years, I still have so much to learn with new equipment and new challenges. Although a seasoned photographer in the daylight, I was bumbling around in the dark at 4:30am in a graveyard. My mind was blank for a few minutes, letting me know I need to push these boundaries a bit more often. Thanks to my teachers, I have taken my first photograph of the Milky Way. Stellar.