Friday, August 18, 2017

New Collages

Collage on paper, 2017

Collage on paper, 2017

Polish it in the Corner
Collage, 2017

Some recent collages, made over the past couple of months. These are smaller than I often work when making collage, they are all 5 X 7". I got on this 5X7 kick a couple of months ago. This size seems to work well when making collages that aren't overly busy, something I usually aspire to.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Collage with Text

hungry, collage on paper, 2017

I very rarely use text in collages. That wasn't always the case, when I first started making collages they tended to be full of text. At some point, however, I realized that the imagery in a collage should constitute the primary content. Relying on text too often results in the text being a caption which reduces the potential impact of the visual elements.

I use text fairly often in collages, but I use it as a graphic element, rendering it illegible. You can see examples of that here and here, and in a bunch of other pieces I've posted to this blog over the past couple of years. I do use legible text on rare occasions, but it's something I approach very carefully. If it starts feeling like a caption, the text goes.

Here are some very recent examples of collages with legible text. All three were done within about a fifteen minute time span a couple of weeks ago. I was feeling uninspired in the studio, edging on bored, and without thinking through what I was doing, grabbed a book with text and no images from my studio overstuffed with materials to cut up, cut out a page at random, and started slicing out fragments of text. The one at the top of this post was done first, the text is on a laser print of a photo I shot. The two below were made from pages taken from a couple of art books I had just bought at an estate sale.  

Tantrum, collage on paper, 2017

Oh, it Hurts, collage on paper, 2017

I'm liking all of these. While it's not a permanent shift in direction for me, these were fun and satisfying to make, and I'll likely do some more at some point.

While I'm on the subject of text in collage, I must recommend the work of Brandon Downing. I discovered his book Lake Antiquity at Powell's Books in Portland a few years ago. and had to have it. If you're at all interested in the use of text in collage, buy his book.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Headless Consumerism

Headless Consumerism, iPhoneography, 2017
Another of the iPhoneography pieces I've been working on this summer.

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Friday, July 14, 2017


collage on original photo, 2014

I made this one a couple of years ago. Collage on a print of a photo I shot when hiking in Bryce Canyon National park.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Mao, 2017
iPhoneography (Snapseed, Procreate)

Monday, July 10, 2017

matte kudasai

matte kudasai
collage on paper, 2017

A recent collage. 'Matte kudasai' means 'please wait' in Japanese.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Olympic Tower

Here's another recent iPhoneography piece. The original photo was shot when I was visiting Montreal a couple of years ago. It's the Olympic Tower on the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

New iPhoneography

Here are some recent experiments in iPhoneography. I was very interested in iPhoneography a few years ago, when I purchased my first iPad. After playing with it for a few months, however, I gradually drifted away from woking with it. I had a few reasons for doing so: I tend to be somewhat process-oriented when I work, and prefer making things by hand as opposed to using auto adjustments; many photo apps only save low-resolution images, which renders them useless for anything but looking at on a screen; and I just moved on to other creative interests. This summer, however, I've returned to iPhoneography. This was also due to several things. I updated my aging iPad to a new iPad pro, and wanted to work with the new pressure sensitive screen and the Apple Pencil. Also, Phoneography is being taken more seriously, and many apps now allow for full resolution images and even working with RAW files. Thirdly, I found something I wanted to try that allows me to work on images by hand. I've been making work with the iPad Pro for about a month now, Here are some examples of what I've done. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Diet and Exercise

Some more collages from the Diet and Exercise series, which I've been working on sporadically for around the past year and a half. These three were made late last Fall.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Female Gaze

The Female Gaze Collage, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Diet and Exercise

Here's a couple collages from Diet and Exercise, a series I've been working on and off with for a few months now.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Photo Adjustments

Deep Fried Lobster
Chicago, March 2017

North Beach
San Francisco, 2013

We Buy Gold
Chicago, 2017

Post production is a necessary part of working in digital Photography, akin to darkroom work in film Photography. Just as in darkroom work, there isn't a right or wrong way to process any photo. It's more a question of finding what works and how you want the photo to look. I've been experimenting with creative and nonstandard photo adjustments for a while now. I'm basically going beyond what I would normally do when post processing a photo, trying various visual effects, etc. It varies from photo to photo. Sometimes, the manipulations are pretty minor. Other times, there is a lot of manipulation, even if the end result may be somewhat subtle. I've also made a few which are heavily manipulated (and look like it), and some that are pretty close to (but not quite) collage.
Here are a couple recently adjusted photos. The one in the middle has the most adjustment, it was kind of a crappy photo to start, but I liked it, and wanted to see if I could do something to make it work. The top and bottom ones were shot a few days ago, when an unexpected snowstorm hit Chicago.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Lenscratch 2016 Favorite PhotoExhibition

Lenscratch is a really great photo blog. Every year, they have an open call for people to submit their favorite photo of the year.
They just published this year's exhibition. I have a photo there, it's in the middle of page four. Take a look at all the entries, there's a lot of great work in a wide variety of subjects and styles.