Scanning some work

from this summer, really excited about this shot! My roommate skipping stones in Aaravaipa Canyon this past summer (2013) took a few to get it but I got the rock skipping! I’m using porta 120, there’s just something about the color tones in film that digital cameras just can’t capture. 

Image

 

In fifteen years…

I see myself as an established 21st century artist. I will be 36 and I will be working with other artists whom are even more established as photographic visionaries of the 21st century. I will be traveling a large fraction of my time, which will be spent shooting images for National Geographic. The rest of my time aside from producing my own fine art will be spent running a public darkroom and public photography classes in my studio space. Most of my income will be from fine art and publications, with some income generated from the public darkroom and classes. The classes and public darkroom serves to keep alt process and traditional analog photography alive as well as engendering interest in the now archaic methods for future generations, maybe one day it can become a foundation or a museum. At this point I will be looking for a teaching position at the university level, if I attend grad school this may come sooner. Of course I will still be producing as a fine artist but I will be looking for a more stationary job from which I can start a family at this time. I will have published at least one book of photographs and I will have exhibited my work in prestigious museums such as MoMa in New York or the Art Institute of Chicago. Opposed to teaching I am also ready to use my computer information systems degree to land a job that involves technology and photography whether that be working with large companies such as Nikon or Adobe where I can use both my technical skills as a photographer and CIS major but as well utilize my creativity as a fine artist.

Been working

on uploading some more prints to my website you can see the rest of the images here

Albumen Prints_07

These images are part of a group of shots concerning ancient architecture in Rome. A handful of the images were done at night, such as the one above. The images were shot in 120 and the images were then scanned, and reprinted as negatives. Those negatives were then used to make an albumen contact print. The albumen process is a 19th century photography process in which a sheet of paper is coated with egg white that bonds with silver nitrate that is used as the light sensitive agent. The negative is then placed on top of the coated image in a contact frame, brought out side in the sun to expose, and then brought back inside to be developed and fixed. Unfortunately these guys don’t last too long, fixing the images less produced richer tones at the time, a few images that have been frequently exposed to light are already deteriorating. I must say this is one of my favorite alternative processes, mainly because of the rich detail albumen printing can create due to thin surface of egg white that rests atop of the paper.

When I was 13,

I had some issues. I was just a child, I was angsty, I didn’t know who I was, what I wanted out of life, and I was getting into trouble. My parents sent me to small, all boys boarding school in Sierra Vista. I was lonely, troubled adolescent in the middle of nowhere, and I found great beauty in this nowhere. I was surrounded by the beauty of the desert and I began an interest in landscape photography. I started taking pictures while on hikes and it wasn’t too long before I began pursuing photography more seriously. I was lucky to have two instructors who taught me a lot about photography, and a lot about myself. Photography became an outlet for my creativity and it is now something I know I will have with me for the rest of my life.