UPDATE - May
Current plans are to return
to Flagstaff on May 1, 2014. We both look forward to returning
to our home and seeing our old friends and colleagues.
Framing of Prints While in
I have located an excellent
frame shop in downtown Indy that will be handling all my framing
needs. I used to do all but the largest pieces myself, but
here in my rental home I do not have the proper space. So,
as of today, all options are again available for any print
listed in any of the photo galleries.
Normal turn aound time for
mounting, matting and framing services will be two to three
weeks unless special arrangements can be made. Unmounted prints
are available in a matter of days.
Thanks for your patience during
the past two and a half years.
None scheduled for now or
for the near future.
Black and White gallery on the web
On January 7, 2009 I added
traditional black and white images to the site. All of the
images in the Black and White Gallery have been made on large
format or medium format B&W film and developed personally
in traditional darkroom chemicals. Limited edition prints
from these images are produced digitally with pigment on a
slightly warm 100% cotton rag paper with a baryta surface.
This museum quality paper yields wonderful tones with the
look and feel of traditional silver darkroom prints. I spent
well over 3 months, made dozens of test prints with 8 different
fine art papers and spent hundreds of dollars to find the
best photographic paper for these reproductions.
Each B&W image in this
series is limited to 50 prints. I hope you like them.
Project - Vintage Flagstaff Series:
In early 2008 as I was preparing
to leave Flagstaff to move to the Pacific Northwest (which
never happened... it's a long story), I decided that before
I left I would document Flagstaff and the surrounding area
in a way that I had not done in the 8 years I had lived here.
My new project would have three aspects. First, I would photograph
landscapes, buildings and objects that I would always think
of when remembering Flagstaff. Secondly, I would do it using
a media that I had never used before, black and white film.
Finally I would expand my large format experience from just
my traditional 4x5 field camera to include the use of a late
1940’s 4x5 Pacemeker Crown Graphic press camera for handheld
shots and a 4x5 pinhole camera that would provide a dreamy
quality to certain images.
After studying some classic
B&W books by some of the masters including Ansel Adams,
I jumped into shooting and developing my own sheet film in
June 2008. I shot all of the images in this series on 4x5
sheet film from Kodak and Fuji using the cameras listed above
and developed the negatives personally. After I developed
the negatives, I scanned them for use in a digital printing
workflow. My long term goals include traditional darkroom
printing, but time constraints for this project precluded
the setting up of a darkroom and the several years required
to attain competency in traditional techniques. Digital printing
of B&W images has come into its own in the last few years
with new papers and inks that provide the ability to produce
beautifully toned archival images that are different from,
but rival traditional prints in feel and quality. This series
is printed on a very traditional, warm tone, heavy fiber based
paper with a baryta base. The prints look wonderful and feel
great in the hand.
All prints have been toned
to provide a vintage look to the photographs similar to what
was produced in the late 1800’s prior to the availability
of film. In that era, photographs were made on glass plates
that were hand coated with photographic emulsion by the photographer.
The emulsion coating process was difficult to master and inconsistent,
sometimes resulting in the look presented in these photographs.
The new "Flagstaff in
the Pines" portfolio includes twelve prints from the
series. Each image is approximately 6x8 inches on 8x10 inch
paper and is printed in poster style on the same warm tone,
heavy fiber paper as the larger images offered for sale. The
twelve pigment prints are enclosed in a nice die-cut presentation
portfolio cover and each print is suitable for framing or
for simply enjoying in your hand. The portfolio is now available
on this web site in the Vintage Flagstaff Gallery.
Price is $145.
I am once again offering photo
workshops, but on a private, one-on-one basis only. Private
workshops allow me to work with each person to accomplish
very specific goals with no distractions. I can help you with
everything from basic camera operation including metering,
apertures, shutter speeds and other camera functions to lens
choice, using and choosing filters, close-up work, basic composition
skills and learning to see (finding the image). Beyond the
camera I can also help ease you through the post production
learning curve in the digital darkroom including film scanning,
processing images in Photoshop, inkjet printing and color
Camera basics and field work
can be taught with whatever camera you own including digital
or film cameras from 35mm up to 4x5" view cameras. Indoor
workshops are taught at the student's home or other location
of choice. Outdoor shooting workshops are taught at a location
agreed upon by the student and instructor. Students will provide
all equipment and materials for the outdoor workshops including
camera, lens (preferably more than one focal length) , a sturdy
tripod and film and filters if required.
Digital darkroom work will
require that you have the hardware or software that you want
to learn on. I can provide help with the selection of new
equipment and software if you are just setting up your workflow
with considerations to your actual needs and budget.
Current pricing for private
workshops is $175 for 4 hours and $300 for an all day (8 hours
or more) experience. Generally arrangements can be made for
a private workshop with as little as a week or two notice.
Payment is expected prior to the workshop.