Tuesday, November 23, 2010

CVA Holiday Sale

From CVA's website:

Be a part of an annual tradition at CVA. The Holiday Art Sale is a much anticipated and celebrated event. Over two thousand artworks are offered, and most are priced under $100.

Your best bet at snatching up the hottest artwork is to attend the Preview Party on Friday, December 3rd. Preview tickets are $20 purchased in advance online, or $25 at the door.

The sale features artwork by students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Proceeds benefit CVA scholarship funds.

Holiday Art Sale Preview:
Friday, December 3, 5 – 8 p.m.

$25 at the door
$20 advance purchase
[Go to CVA's website to purchase.]

Holiday Art Sale:
Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 5, 12 – 4 p.m.

I have a few loose prints, a few self-published books, and a few framed pieces in the sale, so stop by and check it out! It's great for gift-giving! I'll be there Friday night for sure, and probably off-and-on throughout the weekend. Remember, it's FREE on Saturday and Sunday!

Click here to see where the gallery is located (using Google Maps). The CVA Gallery is a half mile down Selby from the Cathedral of St. Paul, smack dab between the Cathedral and Dale Street (at the corner of Western and Selby).

Maybe see you there! If not, stop back here after the sale, because I'll snap some photos and show you what you missed.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Fun With Color

I need a break from large "series-based" work now-and-then. So lately, I've been catching myself taking these Andy Goldsworthy-esque photos just for the sake of beauty. (Take my post a few days ago as an example.)

Well I did it again with the remnants of our first snowfall of the season. This time, I spent an hour yesterday morning rearranging berries in my front yard that were picked off our tree. I love how calming and meditative the process is.

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Cute. A little "fun." A little boring.

When I checked back 4 hours later, I was able to make a better photo. The sun had gently melted the berries into the snow:

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I found a nice quote from Andy Goldsworthy that speaks to the images he makes of his "installations." It may say something about the pair of images I made above.

Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit.

- Goldsworthy's quote from "Andy Goldsworthy: Art of nature." Feb 19, 2006.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Your Photography Is....

Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.
- Paul Strand

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Playing with Color

I was raking leaves yesterday, and I took a break to get a photo of some leaves plucked from the bushes around our house:

Just for fun.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kernel Days Parade (part 2)

Here's the rest of my recent scans of the photos I made late this past summer:

"Re-elect Mike Gormley"

"Bagpipes in front of the theatre"

"Grabbing candy"


"Festag Royalty"

"Shriners in front of the bakery"


"Miss Bonnie Lass"

"Pink gorilla"

"Throwing candy from a firetruck"

Scroll down (or CLICK HERE) to see the first half of the photos from the 2010 Kernel Days Parade.

Any feedback is welcome. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kernel Days Parade (part 1)

I scanned some Holga negatives of some images that I made at "Kernel Days" late this past summer. This is the first round of rough scans. I'll have more in the next few days.

Here are a few that are posted chronologically from pre-parade through about the half-way point:

"Boyscout walking along the parade line-up"

"Chevy, firetrucks, and tractor"

"Color Guard"

"The girls from 'Little Miss Kernels' waiting to start the route"

"Shriner's cars lined up"

"Color Guard and the grain elevator"

"Firetruck and True Value"

"The band in front of the drug store"

"The world's largest firing rifle"

I like having this blog to throw up ideas and images that are VERY new to me. It's risky, but I like putting images out there that I haven't fully come to terms with yet. So if you have any thoughts, please comment and leave some feedback. Thanks!

Back with more soon.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

iPad Photoshoot

This is a little off-topic for me, but I find this very annoying, over-the-top, pretentious interesting:

Jesse Rosten just posted that video where he used iPads as a light source for a photoshoot. Here's his explanation that came along with it:

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A restless mind… or maybe too much late night pizza has you laying awake in bed. You decide that if you can’t sleep you might as well do something productive, so you fumble in the darkness for your iPad for one more round of Angry Birds. You power up and are instantly struck blind by a beam of light so bright that it burns “slide to unlock” into your retinas. You squint, roaches scatter, wife stirs, “Damn, that’s bright.”

Sound familiar? This happens to me too often. Eventually, it dawned on me that, given the right context, the iPad screen is actually pretty bright. I know that for a fact because I measured it with my light meter (1/60, f1.4 at ISO800 from about 1.5 feet). You know once the light meter has come out of the bag, there’s no going back. Naturally, we needed to do a photoshoot using iPads as the light source.

Luckily, I have friends who are very generous with their time and electronics and was able to scrounge up nine iPads. I mounted them onto plywood using some cheap hardware store brackets. This gave me three lights consisting of three iPads each. The light from an iPad is quite soft and diffuse. This makes the light fall-off steep. Adding more iPads didn’t translate to more brightness, but did mean we could light a larger area. Since the ‘Pads would need to be used somewhat close to the subject to get enough exposure, a simple, portrait style shoot seemed like the best option.

Now before the haters start commenting let me first agree with you, yes, this is totally impractical (sidenote: most of my best ideas are often also my worst ideas). Nine iPads will set you back around $4,500. That amount of money can buy you a LOT of lumens in the form of a generic monobloc. This is not intended to be an exercise in excess, but rather a self-imposed limitation to help flex the creative muscles, and to make a point.

Think about it. One 60 watt bulb can put out more light that a truckload of iPads. And you don’t have to spend truckloads of cash to find a 60 watt. This whole making art thing is all about what you do with what you have. We just happened to have a bunch of iPads laying around so we went with that. Today’s dSLR sensors are sensitive enough that you could easily do this with some flashlights, headlights, headlamps, real lamps, or even – heaven forbid – real strobes! Now go forth and do!

(Here's a link to his post with more photos from the shoot.)

Idea spawn from boredom?
What do you think?....

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