One of my photographs was selected for the 2018 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition! After several years of solid rejections, I got one in. This is a 14″x18″ print on Ilford Classic 16×20 silver gelatin fiber paper enlarged from an 8×10 film negative in a traditional darkroom. Traditional portraiture with a large format film camera is apparently still a thing.
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March for our Lives – St. Paul, Minnesota 18,000 people marched and demonstrated in St. Paul, MN to end gun violence in the United States. Nikon F100 with Kodak TMax 400 35mm black and white film.
There are also Van Dyke Brown historic process prints and a couple of pinhole images as well. Finally, I threw in a few prints from digital files just for the fun of it. As always, something for everyone 🙂
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Spring is heating up into Summer. Here are some dramatic cloud formations captured between 2016 and 2017. These cloudscape photographs will be printed as archival inkjet prints and are available in several sizes.
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The March for Science in St. Paul Minnesota. Estimates on the attendance range from 10,000 to 50,000. My best guess is at least 30,000. Perfect weather and a wonderful range of creativity and passion to promote the value of science … Continue reading
Portraits on black and white 8×10 film
It’s 2017 and I’m making large format film portraits with a vintage 8×10 camera that is 100 years old. This camera is the Folmer & Schwing 8×10 Home Portrait Camera No. 1 with a 14” Wollensak Velostigmat Series II lens.
Why pursue photography with this combination? Photographs such as this one are made with a “view camera”, a camera where the photographer composes the image upside down and backwards on a ground glass on the back of the camera. View cameras use film that is typically 4″x5″ or larger, thus called large format. Often, images made with these cameras on large format film have a look that cannot be achieved in any other medium. The tonality has a smooth gradation between tones that feels open compared to smaller film formats. Also, vintage lenses designed for 4×5, 5×7, 8×10 or larger have a timeless character that is hard to replicate with modern photographic equipment.
Part of my artistic vision is to create photographs that are not easily identified with any particular period. Sometimes clothing or hairstyle gives it away, but other times it’s hard to tell whether a photograph is contemporary or made anytime back to 1928.
This portrait of a woman was made on Arista EDU Ultra 100 black and white film and drum processed for 9 minutes in Freestyle’s L110 developer at dilution H 1+62.
Roughly one thousand people gathered at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport to protest against the Trump’s ban on Muslims traveling legally into the United States, and what appears to be government-sanctioned discrimination on the basis of religion. This was one of two events held as demonstrations in the Twin Cities on Sunday.
A follow up to an earlier post, the Women’s March here in Minnesota was one of more than 600 marches that took place around the globe. Here in St. Paul, it was projected that 10,000 to 20,000 people would gather at St. Paul College and walk to the MN State Capitol. 100,000 people responded, five times the best estimate of the organizers and media. As a photographer, this was a must-attend event. What struck me was the range of people that attended. People of all kinds and every stage of life from babies to great grandmothers were there.
I found everyone to be extremely friendly, the scale of the event and variety of creative messaging was beyond anything I’ve seen.
Public transportation was said to have been full for miles back from the Capitol. We drove in from the north and parked right near the end of the march route. That turned out to be a pretty good plan.
Here’s a humorous story if you didn’t see it on the first post. As I was trying to get across the street through a thick crowd of people, I saw an opening and started to move my body, only to find that instead of one woman leaving a space, she was holding hands with the next woman behind her. I stopped quickly so that I wouldn’t get in the second woman’s way. She realized that I was trying to get into the path and without missing a step, put out her hand towards me. Without hesitation, I took her gloved hand, and the three of us made our way through the crowd to the median. I found my friends at the median, let go of her hand and thanked her. It was more than amusing to me that strangers would take each other’s hands in a shared vision of togetherness and simply crossing the street.
Although I took about 200 color photos with my digital camera, the one roll of 35mm black and white film with my old Nikon F100 yielded many interesting and successful compositions that I found the most compelling. There’s something about real film for this kind of work. A few more photographs:
The Women’s March on Saturday, January 21st 2017 marked the largest single-day demonstration in the history of the United States. Originally planned for Washington D.C., over 600 marches took place around the world. Here in Minnesota, it was projected that 10,000 to 20,000 people would attend to march from St. Paul College to the MN State Capitol. To everyone’s amazement, 100,000 people showed up. The opportunity to photograph the largest political action in generations, only 30 minutes from my house, was something I could not pass up.
I found everyone to be friendly, full of energy and passion. When I was trying to get across the street through a thick crowd of people, I saw an opening and started to move my body, only to find that instead of one woman leaving a space, she was holding hands with the next woman behind her. I stopped quickly so that I wouldn’t get in the second woman’s way. She realized that I was trying to get into the path and without missing a step, put out her hand towards me. Without hesitation, I took her gloved hand, and the three of us made our way through the crowd to the median. I found my friends at the median, let go of her hand and thanked her. It was more than amusing to me that strangers would take each other’s hands in a shared vision of togetherness and simply crossing the street.
Starting November 1st, my photography is featured as the Artist of the Month at the Dunn Bros. Coffee location at 4 Shady Oak Rd, Hopkins, MN 55343. There will be an open house on November 19th from 2-4pm. Stop by for some coffee from fresh-roasted beans, and take a look at some photography. Sounds good to me.