Saturday, March 24, 2018

Contact sheets... and then some

This small but hopefully growing batch of images was inspired by a 16x20 print i have had on my wall for almost 25 yrs. It is an enlarged contact sheet, a thing of beauty made by an enlarger that no longer exists, at a lab that no longer exists. The scene is a sunset at Ocean Beach, SF, CA. It's handcolored, a progression from sunset... to sundown.

I have scanned numerous proof sheets, looking back at them, & the 'collection' of frames can coalesce into something larger than the sum of the individual frames.
Most rolls were taken (obviously) around the same place(s) - the frames have a similar feel, lighting, subject matter.
So to make a long story short, i started making 'creative contact sheets' - editing & rearranging the frames, sometimes coloring them.

It's been a great free-for-all.
And since i have a pile of contact sheets about knee high, there will probably be more to come :-)

If you like what you see here, and want to take in more:

I've been self publishing my own books thanks to Blurb.

Previews of all at:

'California Beach Trip':
On Amazon:

'Desert Trip'
On Amazon:

'Seeking the Vibe'
On Blurb:

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Cafe off the grid

No doubt you may have noticed that a lot of art photographers like shooting signposts, especially if they are old and reminiscent of past times. They also like abandoned buildings of any kind. Somehow they are very evocative, of times gone, of styles the world has passed by, and replaced with 100 ft poles beside the freeway, topped with a logo of a gas station or fast food joint, just get off at the next exit, your needs and wants will be satiated very quickly. 
I got a few of my own:

This one is my all time favorite!

Of course the straight shots can blossom into something... 'completely different', to quote Monty Python.

Here's a link you ought to click on. You can never back up enough!
It's like Bo Diddley was quoted as saying: "Whenever you negotiate any contract/commitment take a lawyer along. And get a second lawyer to keep an eye on the first one."

On the NYT mission to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Enuf said.
To 'The Donald?' ... eat shit....... and die.