Thursday, March 29, 2018

Michael Miner's Opening at Photography West

St. Patrick's Day weekend was celebrated in fine form with a visit to Photography West to see Michael Miner's photography opening.  As with all of the photographers at Photography West (arguably the West Coast mecca for classical fine art photography), Michael's work is rooted in large format negatives printed in the darkroom on silver gelatin papers.  His technique is excellent and eye superb.  This show is comprised of his large prints, 16x20" in paper size  - that's huge and a significant feat in the darkroom.

Michael Miner's Aspen Study, Part II
This is his image and his copyright.
(Michael - hope you don't mind me using it, thanks)  

I enjoy Michael's work not only for their content and excellent execution but also because it is such a dramatic contrast to my own work that is currently built upon contact printing 4x5 and 8x10 negatives.

It is worth the trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea to enjoy his exhibit.  But hurry, the show ends April 15th, 2018.

When you see Julia (the gallery directory), tell her Jeff sent you!

Take Care,
Jeff


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Happy Birthday, Edward

Nautilus (1927) by Edward Weston
copied from Wikipedia


Today (March 24th) is Edward Weston's birthday.  Born in 1886, he can rightly be called one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.

If you know who Edward Weston is ... enough said.

If you don't know who Edward Weston is, well, it would be difficult to lay claim to being a serious photographer and not know his work.

Fortunately, and wonderfully, there is a wealth of information out there.  And unlike most artists, you can build up your own understanding of the man and his work through his own writings (letters and daybooks), many biographies, and even a book by his young wife Charis Wilson.  But most important is the work itself!

So if you don't know Edward Weston, go forth and seek him out.  He is already in your work and in the way we see photographs.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Deliberate

I was reading the old issue of B&W magazine and came across a photographer named Lisa Elmaleh whose work had immediate appeal.  Maybe it is her subject matter - remote and fragile places.  Maybe it is her technique - she does 8x10 wet plate photographs using a darkroom on the back of her truck.  Both are sources for a connection.

In the article written by George Slade, I found two phrases I so often used to describe my own work: "slow" and "deliberate."  It is something people just don't seem to understand, how the tools and techniques you use are so integral to how you relate, understand, and interpret your subject.

Lisa understands.  When you must invest real effort to make a photograph, you go slower and become more intimate with your surroundings.  And with that comes a connection and an understanding.

Visit her website: http://lisaelmaleh.com 

Lisa Elmaleh and her 1996 Toyota Tacoma "Harriet."
Note the darkroom in the back of the truck.
(LE, Hope you don't mind me using your photograph - thanks!)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Happy Birthday, Margrethe

Florence Deshon (1921) by Margrethe Mather
from Wikimedia Commons




Today would have been Margrethe Mather's 132nd birthday.  She died in obscurity on Christmas Day, 1952.  Her contributions to photography, however, should not be obscured by the passage of time.  Not only was she a truly creative, free thinking photographer, her influence on Edward Weston (arguably one of the most important photographers of the 20th century) was profound.  Weston called her "the first important person in my life."

If you have never heard of Margrethe Mather, I highly recommend reading Beth Warren's Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration.

Even if we do not realize it, Margrethe and Edward's influence is in our photography today!

Take Care!
~Jeff