New Year, New Art

Road sign and trees in fog

Road sign and trees in fog

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

Previously Unpublished – Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art 2004

MOMA Chicago Bronica SQa film photo

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.

Previously Unpublished – Kalamazoo Lake Piers in the Moonlight

Saugatuck Kalamazoo lake piers in moonlight

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.

Film Flashback Friday – Cross Processed Dandelion

Dandelion flower Cross Processed Slide Film

Dandelion Cross-processed Slide Film

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