Not a Performance

I have been meaning to put up some videos of the boring parts of setting up for a portrait with Waffles. Now that my space is a little bigger I can just set the camera and record away.

Honestly I edited out everything but the boring part of the video just for your entertainment. Honestly, would you expect anything different?

What more could you ask for than a video of a man ironing fabric? Perhaps a new photo with Waffles?

Perhaps.

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A Year in Review

Looking back at what has become a fun body of work.

From all of these photos I have enjoyed the level of work that went into the original photographs. Although we may snicker at their over the top qualities, they were not as easy to create when I first worked on each one.

Most of these remakes come from silly jokes between friends and people I have been told I look like(Edward Cullen). Now however I am looking toward recreating these images in a higher finished quality or lack of quality. My ambitions have led me to new projects and ideas to digested the clutter of the internet and produce remakes of some of the finer points.

With graduate school in Portland, Oranje 2011 in Indianapolis, and some new equipment at my disposal I think we can all look forward to more work of this kind.

What can you expect in the coming year? Well lets look in the short term and you should expect something in 1/12 of that time.
Be sure to check out Oranje 2011 this year and you might see me around then! And seriously keep an eye on my main website for some updates.

49 Years Later…

A few months ago I got a hold of an old medium format camera that had sat in a box for many years. When I popped open of the back I found a roll of film that had never been completed. Turns out that the film was taken in 1962 during some march/parade in Ohio. These two images were the from the only negatives that developed on the roll.

These images come as a surprise since film degrades over time if kept improperly. I must admit I was really hoping for a battle scene from World War II or perhaps some scandalous crime scene images. I guess I can settle with the idea that these children were marching to a great yard sale or perhaps converging on a unprepared ice cream man.

DIY Studio

Warning: You are about to read all the spoilers on how to get a great portrait with your pet.

Waffles, 2010 8.5"x 11" Archival inkjet print

When I began taking self-portraits with my cat Waffles in July 2010, I knew no ordinary lighting studio would be able to handle such a task. I set out to put together and build my own lighting studio complete with lights and seamless paper. I was lucky already to have a gray seamless roll to get me started. While I had no floor space dedicated to taking portraits, I used the open ceiling of my basement to support the paper backdrop. By using 6 nails, 8 zip ties, and a broom handle, I was able to support the paper about 7 feet above the floor.

Notice the scrap 2x4 used to hold the handle.

Now that I had a paper background, the lighting used to handle the task was a set of Smith-Victor Flood Lamps with white umbrellas. Not an ideal choice, but the light is contained in a small area.  For camera support, I have used a Manfrotto/Calumet tripod hybrid. The legs and head can be raised high enough for me to easily walk away from the camera to stand just a few feet away with Waffles.

Nearby furniture can be useful as well.

A lighting studio can easily cost thousands of dollars and months to establish a good working space. I believe at the end of this project (which was less than 24 hours), the project resulted in no money being spent. This is of course since I have no patience waiting for orders and just walked into my garage and grabbed what was closest to me.

Finally, you can see the results of a DIY lighting studio clearly in the quality* and production value of my portrait with Waffles.


Waffles and Edward, 2011 8.5"x 11" Archival inkjet print

*You are also going to need Photoshop for last part of this project. Sadly I cannot provide an accurate description on how to create your own Photoshop with zip ties and a broom handle.

Not Brought to You by: Google SketchUp

Now its time to discuss some useful tools for the artist or designer on a budget. Since I have been using Google SketchUp recently in attempt to design the Low Road Gallery to aid artists in exhibition proposals, I thought I could share my brief experience.

Even if you are not familiar with the process of design architecture, building layouts, and CAD I would recommend downloading Google SketchUp. The program is very slick and has many tools to get your started on making simple layouts.

Within the program there is a way to download models created by other users for use in your own project. I was hoping to show you an interesting design by another user of the program, but unfortuntionetly I came up only with this:

Legos?

 

Although I have shown you large scale buildings and rooms, there is plenty of options for you to use the program for small projects such as jewelery and craft design. The tools are flexible to allow minor changes and delicate manipulation of edges.

Still not sold on the program? Well there is no reason to worry about your investment, because Google SketchUp comes to you completely free. All you have to do is search for it through Google and you will easily locate it. I can even help you in this, just click on any of the times I mention Google SketchUp and you are there. And by my count, I have mentioned Google SketchUp a total of 6 times, therefore I will soon be billing the company soon.