Happy New Year, friends & photography fans!
Remember way back before social networks were the way to share photos?
Yeah, I ‘member.
Back before high speed & mobile Internet I wrote letters to friends across town and across the globe, then waited for the snail mail to bring their replies.
There’s something about reading the words written out, corrections and lost trains of thought jumbled among the paragraphs, that makes them more personal than, say, a message typed on a screen. (*cough* oops *cough*)
There’s something equally personal about holding an old photo print. That sentiment seems to be missing when scrolling through screens to find a photo to share.
I’d like to share my photography with you in a new way.
I’m creating a series of prints for the sole purpose of sending them away. These limited prints will be gone before they can sit in an editing queue and be lost to second guesses.
Join in & receive a surprise bit of inspiration by signing up here. I’ll pick a snapshot just for you.
Here’s to a creative 2017! -eB
Originally published 1/3/2017
Museum of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois, 2004
This image from a Chicago museum trip lived quietly on a contact sheet and in a binder full of old negatives from photo studies in 2004. I shot a mix of 35mm and a newfangled 2 megapixel digital camera that day, but hefted up the Bronica SQa for this 6×6 square medium format negative to catch a moment of the trip too.
I framed up this shot of patrons in the halls walking, discussing, and enjoying the art as anonymous silhouettes with the help of the camera’s waist level finder. It was a passing pause on a day around the Windy City enjoying art, culture, and image making adventures.
Every walk is a photo walk if you have a camera handy. #JustGoShoot
Tech specs: Camera – Bronica SQa / 75mm f/2.8 Zenzanon lens | Film: Kodak Tmax400 120 black and white roll film | Developer: Kodak D76 standard time & temperature
Prints and gifts from this image available here.
On a quiet Monday evening several springs back I meandered Saugatuck, Michigan with a camera and tripod. Monday was my weekend, this quiet town was somewhere new. The moon was astounding that night and the piers were a quiet spot for a pause along the Kalamazoo River.
Not all the Previously Unpublished images I’ve set aside are on film.
Not all who wander are lost.
Stay wandering. Take a camera along. eB
Prints and gift items from this image available here.
This yellow fellow was photographed with slide film for a color photography class study in cross processing. As with so much of my film photography, it sat in boxes & binders… until now.
Between the bokeh of a very unfocused background and the colors of the alternative film processing I ended up with an almost watercolor paint blur of shades behind the flower.
Next time you fire up Instagram, know the odd filters packed in the app have… (dandelion pun!) roots… in old-fashioned film photography.
Cross process supplies
Reiterated confession: I’m a live performance & visual media junkie.
The anticipation, nervous energy before the stage comes to life, and one-shot no retakes atmosphere gets my creativity charged up. I absolutely love the countdown to go time. Troubleshooting in a pinch to make it work and look flawless. Fast paced action all around! (These all translate just fine to wedding photography moments too… but that’s another post.)
Earlier this month I joined the production of Caught – a senior thesis turned full out dance production by Hannabeth Fischer. A brief excerpt from the show’s event page goes like this:
Artistically acclaimed “mesmerizing”, “enthralling”, and “beautiful the whole way through,” Caught is up for it’s second run in South Bend, IN. Choreography and film: Hannahbeth Fischer. After a highly successful debut at Saint Mary’s College in November, Caught has grown. Adding two musicians to the original sound artist, Patrick Quigley, the Analecta trio is complete. Analecta is a group of rising local musicians: indie, progressive, classical. http://www.myspace.com/analectaband
Experience a cross-platform performance with digital film and dance, playing on the borders of Dance Theater. Live sound engulfs the entire audience, the entire building. This performance, while beautiful on camera, cannot be experienced anywhere but live. Fischer’s statements about movement, duality, tension, architecture, desire, and interaction permeate the multiple channels.
Audience members should look forward to an exciting new space at LangLab. The truly unique space, conducive to incubation and artist musings, will shock many that it exists in South Bend.
Fischer shot some of the film for the projection in the space, adding a unique parallelism to this run of the piece. This is LangLab’s first full length dance performance. Neither South Bend nor LL have experienced a full kinesphere performance such as Caught, and should make it out to LangLab on December 10. Fischer and collaborators welcome conversation in the post-show hang time.
Aside from the usual available light performance photography I also worked with a great crew to provide video and multitrack audio recording for the performance portfolio DVD project. This was a first to go a huge step past mics-mixer-camera to allow for precise audio postproduction mixing of the single-take recording. Translation: geeking out.
Shots made with Nikon D700 and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens in existing light / video projection.
Technical challenges outside of the recording side included adapting a theatrical stage performance at Saint Mary’s College to the LangLab warehouse art venue (very cool feel!). Full theatrical lighting and dimming control was simplified to fit the intimate space. I do enjoy a good brainstorm and improvisation!
Congrats Hannabeth and the cast of Caught on a wonderful 2nd performance! Glad to have been part of it!
UPDATE! Jan 2011 – Check out the LIVE recording album the band made from the audio tracks from the show.