Portrait Session

I had a lovely portrait session with Nikolet this weekend. We worked on a number of different ideas using digital capture, 35mm, and especially 8×10 black and white film. I like to mix it up between more posed and formal compositions, with the spontaneity and freedom of movement that comes with using smaller cameras. The large format negatives sure have a look that can’t really be achieved any other way. There are still a few sheets of film to develop, can’t wait to see them!

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Van Dyke Brown Historic Process Prints

On occasion, I make Van Dyke Brown historic process prints using a technique that dates back to the mid 1800’s. What is an alt process, or historic process print? The short answer is a print made by putting a negative directly in contact with art paper that has been sensitized to record an image. A “standard” silver gelatin black and white print is made with photographic paper available from a commercial manufacturer. To make an alt process print, the photographer brushes the light sensitive chemicals onto the paper that has been selected for the print. After the paper is dry, the negative is pressed against the paper using a contact printing frame. Then, the paper and negative are exposed to UV light, either using the sun or a light box outfitted with bulbs that will expose print-out papers.

There are many different alternative processes and excellent books on the subject. My expertise is the Van Dyke Brown and I use 4×5 or 8×10 film or digital negatives. This portrait was made using 8×10 black and white film. You can see the brush strokes where the sensitizer was brushed onto the paper and the full border of the negative. Some people display their prints with the full border visible. Others cover the film border with a mat, showing only the image area. Although I like the brush strokes, I’d like to find some old-fashioned, cabinet card style oval mats to augment the turn-of-the-last-century style.

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A portrait made using film and the Van Dyke Brown printing technique.

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F295 Salon Exhibition 2015

I was excited to participate in the 2015 F295 Salon exhibit at the University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh. My print just made the trip back safely and it’s now on the dining room wall. This is a one-of-a-kind print, an 8×10 contact print from a digital negative using the analog historic photographic process called Van Dyke Brown. Thanks again, Tom Persinger and F295!

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Digital capture with Olympus C2000z 2.1mp
Printed 8×10 in 2015
Van Dyke Brown from digital negative

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Midwest Passage Photography Group Show No. 3

Our latest exhibit starts tonight!

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The Midwest Passage Photography group is a loose collective of Minnesota-based film photographers that meet monthly to share ideas, techniques, and organize regular exhibitions.

This exhibition features the work of 13 of its members: Thomas Bertilsson, Peter Boulay, Ernesto De Quesada, Paul Johnson, Lily Howell, Victor Keller, Lanny Linehan, Stephanie Olive, Michael J. Peters, Timothy G. Piotrowski, Reid Rejsa, Michael Schomer, Scott Stillman.

For the third exhibition, the photographers chose recent work with diverse subjects ranging from portraiture, urban & rural life, traditional landscape to abstract interpretations. Many of the images are time capsules, preserving a fleeting moment on a familiar city sidewalk or a family on the farm. In addition, craft and process drive the cohesive character of this exhibition as all images were captured using film. Printing techniques include silver gelatin, inkjet, and platinum historic process.

Opening reception and preview:
Friday Feb 13th, 2015 6-9pm
Saturday Feb 14th, 2015 10am-4pm

Studio 202, California Building, 2205 California Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Installation at Amore Coffee: Feb 20 – March 31, 879 Smith Avenue South, Saint Paul, MN 55118

 
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St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts Exhibit!

Last week, I had the good fortune to exhibit two pieces in the SLP FOTA exhibit. I grew up in SLP so it was nice to have something in the show. Two other photographers in our Midwest Passage photography group had work in the show as well. My images were from the series that I have been doing on the flooded golf course just a few blocks from my house. The flood created a wetland bayou, disrupting a carefully manicured and managed area. The future is still uncertain for this area because the flood devastated the course.

Blowdown was taken with an 8×10 film camera. I couldn’t get over the way nature had claimed this path between the fairway and the green. Shortly after I made this image, the groundskeepers started repairing the path and this composition was wiped away. Like so many good subjects, this was only available to see for a short time and now it will never be seen again other than in photographs. Lugging 30 pounds of gear to this spot and lingering in the stench of the bog was worth it.

Meadowbrook Bayou was photographed with a medium format film camera early in the course of the flood. I marveled at how nature took this land back, if even for a short time.

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Meadowbrook Bayou

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Ongoing Neighborhood Flood Photography

I’ve been photographing Meadowbrook Golf Course periodically since the floods started in June. In addition to a small flood in our basement, the golf course has been flooded with a new lake. Minnehaha Creek breached its bank and there was no stopping it. The course is shut down and will be likely shut down for the rest of the year, if not longer. It has been nothing short of incredible to see the landscape transformed so dramatically in such a short and uncontrolled way. Nature wanted a bayou. Nature got a bayou. Meadowbrook Golf Course Flood Meadowbrook Golf Course Flood Meadowbrook Golf Course Flood Meadowbrook Golf Course Flood Meadowbrook Golf Course Flood

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Pinhole Photography featured in Looking Glass, a new film photography magazine!

What! A new online magazine with a focus on film photography? It can’t be! But it is! Check out the first issue of Looking Glass Magazine, published by a team of photographers dedicated to keeping film-based work alive and thriving.

But wait, there’s more! They asked me to contribute an article on Pinhole Photography and some photographs and do you know what I said? I said “of course!”. The magazine showcases several photographers, has compelling images and photo-related prose. There’s a great story about a pilgrimage gone wrong trying to find the location that Ansel Adams used for a famous photograph. If you’re into film or photography in general, there’s something here for you. Did I mention pinhole photography? I did? Support film photography and subscribe!
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Midwest Passage Landscape Photography Exhibit

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Friday night, we exhibited a modern interpretation of landscape photography in Landscape: Current Interpretations X=11, a group exhibition featuring works by local photographers working with traditional cameras and materials. This was the second exhibition in 2013 by Midwest Passage, a collective of Twin Cities photographers that favor film as their primary photographic capture media. Subjects ranged from more traditional representations of the landscape theme to hand-crafted, alternative/historic process, and abstract prints.

The exhibit was one night only on Friday July 26 from 6pm-10pm at Studio #201 in the California Building located at 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418

Midwest Passage – In an age when most photographers have transitioned to digital cameras and all but a few professional photographic labs have closed, there exists a minority of photographers that use non-digital cameras as the means of realizing and expressing their art. The Midwest Passage collective formed in 2012 as an informal group of Twin Cities film photographers to share ideas, technique, and to critique each other’s work.

The exhibit included photographic works from the following artists: Thomas Bertilsson, Peter Boulay, Eduardo Colon, Osama Esid, Anthony Hoffmann, Paul Johnson, Victor Keller, Andrew Moxom, Reid Rejsa, Scott Stillman and Steve Zimmerman.

The exhibit was well attended and A LOT of fun! Thanks to all that attended and participated.

 

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Cowboy and Camel Reflected in a Lizard’s Eye

Zorki 4K Pinhole Camera photograph of cowboy and camel reflection in giant lizard eye

An oldie but a goodie, this 2006 photograph will be included in the upcoming 4th Biennial Pinhole Show at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco starting April 28, 2013. The exhibition dates are April 28th – May 25th with an opening reception on World Wide Pinhole Photography Day: Sunday, April 28th from 3-5pm.

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Soon at a gallery near you…

This photograph will be included in the upcoming exhibit, “Picture This: What We Photograph” at the Mpls Photo Center, starting on January 18, 2013.
Burke and James 8×10 camera and 305mm Caltar wide open. Captured on Kodak Ektascan B/R x-ray film at EI 50 and processed in Caffenol-C for 11:00
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