Monday, May 27, 2024

Movie Poster Project

I shared a few movie posters at the end of fall semester from an intro to design course that I teach at the University of Minnesota. Here are 4 quick ones from this past semester:

Nice layering and texture from Devyn.

Good focal point from Emma.

Erik pushed the idea that he's stepping through the end of the song because he dies (spoiler alert).

Some nice use of space by Ben.

Again, here's a bit more from last year in a different post.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Camera Lens Focus Modes

I'm never going to see the "auto focus / manual focus" switch the same after this...

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Color Naming Book from 1955

I found this in one of the classrooms where I teach at the University of Minnesota:

Figure out your Munsell notation (something I became VERY familiar with
teaching Color Theory at CVA) and then turn to the correct page in this book.

Follow the Munsell chroma and value notation to get the "name" of the color

PAGES of color names!

Close-up of names.

Being so wrapped up in "true" Munsell color notation while teaching at the College of Visual Arts, I never thought about what you would "name" any of the given colors in his system. But this book does that... to an extreme measure!

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Students Making Big Prints

Just like we did last year, my students recently made some prints on the design department's 44" printer:

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Some eye-catching night shots coming out.

Catching 2 of her larger prints.

Re-printing 2 darker images a BIT lighter to make up the difference
between the glow of the screen and the reflected light off the print.
(Or: prints are always darker, and darker images can easily go TOO dark.)

Comparing 2 larger prints.

I think ALL of these images that we printed in class made it into the Juried Student Exhibition, and 2 of the 5 awards in the Fine Arts category* went to 2 of these photos! Congrats Photography II and Advanced Photography classes!

Come see their work in person in 2 weeks at the Juried Student Exhibition's closing reception: Thursday, April 18th, 5-7 p.m. at the Concordia Gallery, 1301 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.

* They are split between "fine arts" and "design" for this exhibition. A 3rd student of the 5 awards in Fine Art was a former student of mine, and 3 of the 5 award winners in Design are current students of mine! (But I can't take any credit for that as I'm their photography professor.)

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Camera-Wielding Skeleton Art

Here's a 0:30 video of a unique process for making some camera/skeleton art from CarlNeedsAJob on Instagram:

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

10 Year Anniversary of the "4 a.m." Series

A photo showed up in my Facebook Memories, and I had to share the longer story. This was the first image that ended up turning into the 4 a.m. series before I knew it was going to turn into a series.

I really thought about including this image in my solo exhibition 2 years ago, but it just wasn't up to par. I still enjoy it because it's where this series started.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Yearly Spring Break Darkroom Job

A few days ago, this memory popped up on Facebook:

At that very moment (1 year later), I had those Sham-Wows washed and drying on my drying rack in the basement... because that's apparently what I do over spring break. Being my first day back after spring break was today (teaching some Tues/Thurs classes this semester), I loaded up the clean Sham-Wows in the back of my car to use in the lab:

Sitting in a 16x20 tray. Still needing to be folded.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Exhibition Photos from the Concordia University Faculty Show

Here are some pics from the faculty exhibition that I was in a few months ago at Concordia University:

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Megan, Richard, Hannah, and Erin's pieces in the first gallery space.

Megan and Carrie.


Carrie and John.

Entering the main gallery, there's John, a piece by Keith, and some prints of mine.

Keith's work with mine in the background.

Priya and Keith.

Priya and Keith.

Keith in the foreground.

A bunch of my prints behind another piece of Keith's.

My prints were all from the mini State Fair series I had shot the previous summer/fall.

Two larger prints on their own wall.

A selfie to show the scale of these prints - the largest I've made.

My artist statement on the wall.

A view of some of my pieces.

A panoramic image of the main gallery.

Back in the first space.

Related posts:
- announcing the exhibition
- my image on the poster
- a few pics from right before the opening reception
- more pics from the mini State Fair series

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