I took these photos of my mandolin yesterday. It is an Epiphone A type Mandolin. I have picked it up again recently after it hanging on the wall for a while. It is part of my plan (although one of my plans is to be less of a control freak and have less plans) for 2013. I am re-aligning some priorities. My family and my art still come first and are a whole tier above anything else, but some of the things I have been spending time on that have not yielded any of the results I hoped for will fall down the list or off of it all together. One of the things I am pursuing in 2013 is to stop messing around with my mandolin and really learn how to play folk tunes and bluegrass on it.
What are you plans for 2013. I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2013.
It snowed on Saturday and I had planned to get up at first light to shoot the freshly fallen snow, but could not sleep so I went out two hours before sunrise and shot these beauties of the old pump house at Skylands. The exposures were 30 seconds long. I used a flashlight (That's a torch for my friend Dave in England) to paint the front of the building with light and bring out hidden detail in the shadows. I let the wide open shutter do the rest.
I have not forgotten about my little blog, just have not had time lately to take many photos or to post anything. My parents bought a house in Florida and we have been preparing for their move. We Arrived at the house yesterday and found all the work Mom and dad wanted done before the move in to be done very well. The house looks great. We will be running errands and prepping a few things this weekend in anticipation of the movers arriving on Monday. I will be taking some photos down here and hope to post a few times before heading back North in several weeks. The drive down went smoothly. I had been a little nervous about driving my folks and the dog that far, but it all went very well. Today is the first day I did not have to wake up and jump in the car for a day of driving. I will send out some posts after I find things to photograph down here. There is pretty nice looking lighthouse by the beach fifteen minutes from here. Should make for some nice photos and paintings even. Daytona is famous for its racetrack and motorcycle week so I hope to add a few new images to my 'machines' collection. I did not bring any of the film cameras when I decided what to pack. It was a tough call, but space was at a premium. So I will shoot all digital while I am here and resume my film project in January in New York.
My lovely wife Wendy helped me hang the show. Thanks Honey! I could not have done it without you.
This is the final piece for the show. It arrived today after we finished hanging up the show. Actually it looks pretty great over my fireplace. I will hang it at the gallery on Monday.
I hung the Suffern Library show today with Wendy's help. There are 37 pieces hanging this large room that has 90' of linear wall space. It looks great! I have several pieces as big as 24x48" hanging and some new metal prints in 24x36" that you need to see to believe. I am very happy with how it all turned out. My images will be on display until December 29th. Stop in and let me know what you think. Keep Makin' Art! Carl
So where was I with my film project... Oh yeah I remember. I am spending the next year shooting on medium format (120 size film) black and white film. It took a few rolls for me to get my sea legs back under me and get good exposures. Now I am deciding on which cameras to use. All of these were from a recent outing in my town with my FUJI GW690 (6x9 rangefinder camera) I am thrilled with the tonality and feel the images are getting on film. I am getting closer to having something to print out. I may even experiment and print a few out at home and then send them to the lab.
There is a completely different rhythm to shooting on film. A slower and more thoughtful pace. I think this comes from only getting 8 frames per roll. I am just about ready to start photographing New York City on film. It is my plan to go into the city once a week to look for interesting places and people to photograph.
I also have a few rolls I shot on 6x4.5 film. They will have to wait until I finish getting prints printed and framed that I am hanging for a show on Saturday.
I took these shots of a people waiting at the Hoboken Station waiting room about a month ago. Hoboken (and the train station) were under water from Hurricane Sandy. I hope this historic building with its Tiffany glass ceiling survived the storm. I will head down there again in a few weeks to see what things look like.
Taken with Fuji 6x4.5cm rangefinder camera on Ilford Delta 100 film.
Two more images from Tuxedo power station. These were shot on my Fuji rangefinder camera. It makes 6x9cm (That's 2.25 x 3.25 inch negatives) the giant negatives coupled with the incredibly sharp lens on the camera make for a file I should be able to print almost 40 x 60 inches. I can't wait to do some tests and see how these look. The detail in the bricks and the background trees is really great.
More to come with this camera now that I have the exposure fairly dialed in. I want to wander new York City with this camera soon.
We are safe and sound after the hurricane that came through New York and New Jersey on Monday and Tuesday. We lost power for a little while, but were really lucky compared to so many others in the area. I will have some new images to post in the next week or so, but for right now I won't be on the blog that much.
I was out again yesterday with my camera. This time at Silvermine in Harriman State Park. Today I will be sending some rolls of 120 film off to the lab as well. Next subject will be the Brooklyn Bridge photographed at night sometime in the next couple of weeks.
I was worried I would not get any fall photos this year. Time seemed to be running away from me. These are from a workshop I took yesterday with the great Nick Zungoli. It was great to be out with my camera. I shot again this morning and also have some film to go to the lab. So I now feel like I got Autumn in New York covered for the year.