K&I No. 2 (pinhole)

Here is the last of my K&I images…

Lenses?! We don’t need no stinkin’ lenses!

I’ll have other pinhole photographs to share in the future… I’m building a new 35mm pinhole camera as I type. Well, not at exactly the same time; I’m not much of a multi-tasker. Anyway, this one’s made-o genuine wood, which should hold up better than its cardboard predecessors. AND it should be completed in time for worldwide pinhole day (April 24)! Huzzah!

How many cameras would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck cameras?

About this image: 35mm pinhole film scan – moderately modified

K&I No. 1 (pinhole)

I love all cameras pinhole. I’ve built a ton of them, the photo above coming from one of the 35mm variety. Here’s the math: me + pinhole camera + interior shot + no tripod = super blurry newlyweds. Squared.

Groom: “How much did we pay that photographer?”

Bride: “Nearly ten bucks. His prices are astronomical.”

Groom: “I’m not sure he’s worth more than seven-fifty.”

Bride: “Did he leave the lens cap on again?”

Groom: “Not exactly… still, the open bar might have been a mistake…”

About this image: 35mm pinhole film scan – moderately modified

Pyrus Vitrum (cyanotype)

Maybe I should start out by saying I’m not a big fan of pears. The funny thing is, I always think, “if I just give them another chance I will like them”. They look like they should be… sweeter than they are. And taste… different than they do. Also there’s something about their texture… it’s just a bit off. I think.

I did a whole  series of ‘pears’ back in the day (although I probably won’t subject you to many more of them). This image I do like quite a bit, though… it’s my one remaining ‘authentically genuine’ cyanotype! Granted these things are very, very easy to ‘fake’ in Photoshop, but… still.

This is not exactly ‘your grandfathers still life’, but please bear with me (I’ve got something a little less… bizarre for tomorrow). I’ll try limit CrAzY posts to one per week, because that, dear readers, is just how I roll.

About this  image: cyanotype printed on watercolor paper – from digital photograph/negative

A Second Hand Travel Log

In an attempt to keep things balanced (as they never are around here) I’ve decided to post a mixed media piece today. Or four. But they pretty much go together. I think.

I’ve never been to any of these cities, but I did sell the pieces… so that was pretty cool.

Now where did I put that Dramamine?

About this image: mixed media – graphite drawings of structures / maps & solvent transferred ‘stamps’ – scanned / combined with digital type – gel medium transfer onto (4) painted 10″x10″ panels

Return

I figured since I was on a typewriter kick I would post one more of these photos before I ‘return‘ to my irregularly scheduled programming. Get it… ‘return‘?

I just flew in from Cleveland, and boy, are my ears tired. *cricket chirping*

But seriously folks, is this thing on? *cough*

*tinkly piano music* I think they’re playing me off…

About this image: digital photograph moderately modified

Type

This is my wife’s old L.C. Smith & Bros. typewriter. It just might be the most technologically advanced thing in our store. Anyway, Anna is an aspiring novelist who loves vintage ‘machines’, and I love photographing them (so that all works out nicely).

Speaking of writing, if I could string a coherent sentence or two together this blog would improve dramatically. Oh well. It’s a good thing I’ve got lots more images, I guess.

About this image: digital photograph moderately modified

Anna No. 1

You’ve likely noticed I’m a big fan of attempting to recreate processes I completely lack the knowledge/materials to explore. So, its probably no surprise I’ve recently been faking old wet plate collodion photographs (to the best of my ability, anyway).

Hmmm… am I still dishonest if I admit to being so? Will a fallen tree make any noise if the chicken came before the forest? Perhaps we’ll never know.

Isn’t Anna lovely, BTW?!

About this image: digital photograph highly modified / combined with acrylic plate scan

Mr. Smiley

Today, a former Grand Forks North Dakota legend of sorts: that’s right… a winking water tower. I’m not sure when this beast was originally constructed (before my time, I believe). Anyway, due to escalating maintenance costs ‘Mr. Smiley’ was recently torn down and replaced with a newer, less winky tank-o-H2O.

Silly as it seems I kinda’ miss this  ridiculous thing; (which is part of the reason I made this image so contrasty) I’m a little bitter. I’m sure Mr. Smiley would not have wanted that… he was as optimistic as any inanimate object could be. So long, you oxidized old fellow (I’m off to get a tetanus shot).

About this image: digital photograph heavily modified

Houdini… (complete)

So, just to bore thrill my captive readers a bit more, I’ve decided to post my completed ‘Houdini Project’. It has changed slightly from before, after some general abuse and just a tiny bit of fire damage (pretty much just a standard weekday around here).

Anyway, tune in again tomorrow for something different-ish. And remember, only you can prevent Houdini fires. Or… something like that.

About this image: charcoal drawing – digitally colored, distressed and mounted in 8″x10″ frame… thing.

Wheat

This is a field next to my parent’s house in rural North Dakota. Do ya’ like how I threw ‘rural’ in there? As if wheat randomly pops up in the sprawling urban center nearest you?

And now, a  conversation between yours truly and a fictional tourist in the sprawling urban center nearest me:

Tourist: “Can you tell me how to get to TGI Friday’s?”

Me: “Let’s see… go 2 blocks north, and take a left at the field.”

Tourist: “The corn field, or the wheat field?”

Me: “Either will get you to that Appletini, chief, but I’d take wheat. Traffic is murder in the corn at this time of day…”

About this image: Ilford 35mm film scan moderately modified