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The life without the APA pictures are here

The The Forks ~ there's no place like home gallery is here

The ART ~ conveys / transports / reflects gallery is here

The Decay & Disgust work/book is here

The single women selects/book gallery is here

The picture windows selects/book gallery is here

The kitchen life selects gallery is here

A 10 picture look at Tangles, Thickets, and Twigs ~ fields of visual energy is here

The the light selects/book color gallery is here. The BW gallery is here

civilized ku # 2846 / diptych # 108 ~ protect the camera

girder ~ Strip District / Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
under bridges ~ Strip District / Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
The Pittsburgh metropolitan area - Pittsburgh is known as the City of Bridges - more than 4,000 bridges (reputably more bridges than in Venice, Italy), a great opportunity for a picture making project. I wish I had more time to pursue it.

Unfortunately for the people who travel on them, at least 20 percent of the bridges are structurally deficient, including one of the city's main arteries. That bridge has a large structure built under it to catch any of the falling concrete so it won't hit the traffic underneath it.

So, were I to pursue a Pittsburgh-based bridge picture making project, it would seem that having a hardhat / protective gear would be as important as having a camera.

Posted on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 03:09PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in , | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2844-45 ~ coasting

buildings ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
backyard ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
Haven't really gotten into and urbanism picture making frame of mind at this point inasmuch as I'm just picking low hanging fruit, picture making wise. Heading out today to see if I can get in the groove.

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:20AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

diptych # 107 ~ suburbanism / urbanism

fake / real ~ Harrington Park, NJ / Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
Thunderbird Cafe ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
Since Saturday last, the wife and I have been moving about the planet. specifically the NE of the good ol' US of A. After a day in north Jersey and a day in south Jersey, we are currently squatting in Pittsburgh PA where we will be for the remainder of the week.

The trip is mix of a little bit of business and a lot of pleasure - Thanksgiving with family and friends, hockey games with family and friends (in person and broadcast), and all around just hanging out. There will be plenty of time for picture making with an emphasis on urban referents, something I don't normally have a lot of opportunity to picture.

Looking forward to it and I'll be posting entries of some results thereof.

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 01:19PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in , | Comments1 Comment

diptych (selection) # 14-16 ~ much to do about nothing (?)

exit ~ Blue Mountain Lake, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
sweepings ~ Chaffey's Lock, Ontario, CA • click to embiggen
Autumn leaves ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
Featured Comment: On yesterday's entry John Linn wrote: ".... So when you "see" the referent, which framing captures your vision? In other words, what is the "equivalent" focal length of your vision? Or do you have "zoom" vision? .... And why shoot two focal length framings from the same position when cropping the wider frame would result in the same result?

my response: Re: the "equivalent" focal length of my vision - I have never thought of my vision in terms of a focal length but, on short notice, I would have to write that it is in the "normal" focal length (50mm on 35mm/FF camera) range.

However, I would also write that my vision is very center weighted - hence my picture vignette - inasmuch as I seem to be drawn visually to that which is in the center of my field of view. Of course, what captures my attention within that center-weighted field of view is recognition of a rhythm of surfaces, lines, and values no matter what the specific referent might be.

Re: why not crop? - First and foremost, I do not crop. Period. End of sentence. That's a all she wrote. For my picture making, it is, and always has been, getting it right in-camera.

This operational predilection / propensity stems from my commercial picture making days. Every picture making assignment I had came with very specific final dimensions which were dictated by page / ad / end-usage proportions. The challenge was to make a picture with a pleasing visual arrangement which "fit" within those fixed proportions. Over time, I became very good at doing so in a wide variety of picture making assignments - from carefully and painstakingly arranging objects in a studio still life to real-life annual report / reportage / editorial.

In a very real sense, it was this experience - a "training" of sorts - which instilled in me the idea of getting it right in-camera and the corresponding feeling / belief that cropping was for picture making wimps - hence the black border on my pictures which, traditionally, came from printing with a filed out negative carrier which exposed the clear film edges of film .... proof positive that you were a real man, picture making wise, who got it right in-camera.

All of which brings me back to the first "Re:". When my particular "focal length" vision recognizes a rhythm of surfaces, lines, and values, the challenge becomes getting it right in-camera. That is to write, conveying, on the 2D surface of a print, the sense of the rhythm of surface, line, and values which pricked my eye and sensibility. And, of course, that is wherein a picture maker employs his/her act of selection, aka: deciding what to include and what to exclude by the imposition of the frame.

Re: why shoot two focal length framings? - getting it right in-camera does not mean that there is one and only one way to get it right. There are many ways to skin a picture making cat. In fact, as many ways as there are picture makers. And, if the picture maker is true to the characteristic of the medium and its apparatus, the one which differentiates it from the other visual arts - its inherent and intrinsic characteristic as a cohort to the real - each and every variation on a specific referent will be as true as any other.

Whether or not that trueness is conveyed to the viewer with a sense of rhythm of surface, lines, and values is an entirely separate issue. And, in many cases, the answer to that issue is up to each and every viewer to decide.

Hence, two separate and distinctly different focal length pictures, each with its own sense of rhythm. Or not. That's up to the viewer to decide and, while doing so, paying attention the idea of the act of selection as the central picturing making act.

Disclaimer This entire exercise is in the tradition of art about art, or in this specific case, photography about photography. Some, in fact many, will consider this to be much to do about nothing (flapdoodle and green paint) or an exercise in autoeroticism, picture making wise. In part, I totally agree with that assessment.

On the other hand, as is evidenced by John Linn's willingness to express his curiosity and wonder what the hell is going on, this exercise does raise some interesting questions for discussion. But, then again, it's still all about the pictures.

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:12AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis | CommentsPost a Comment

diptych (selection) # 8-13 ~ fabricating camera angles

bridge and bramble ~ Plattsburgh, NY • click to embiggen
late Autumn color ~ Lake Placid, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
Vermont view ~ Lewis, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
steeple ~ Pittsford, NY • click to embiggen
shed / vine ~ Whalenberg, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
motorcycle / house ~ Glens Falls, NY • click to embiggen

There is a lot of talk about camera angles; but the only valid angles in existence are the angles of the geometry of composition and not the ones fabricated by the photographer who falls flat on his stomach or performs other antics to procure his effects. - Henri Cartier-Bresson

I am continuing along the merry road of my diptych (selection)* project, which is essentially a multiple choice exercise in the "... recognition, in real life, of a rhythm of surfaces, lines, and values" (Henri Cartier-Bresson) - as is all of my picture making. That written, as I make my multiple choice selections, I am also holding true to my continuing picture making habit of not fabricating angles by means of physical gymnastics.

That is to write, 92.5-94.9% of all of my picture making has been performed by lifting a camera to my eye while standing fully upright.

The primary reason for that habit is really quite simple - I picture what I see and, for the most part, I see, picture making wise, standing upright. The other 5.1-7.5% of the time, picture making wise, I make pictures at eye level, albeit that that level might be while sitting or horizontally reclining.

In any event, it is safe and accurate to write that, when a referent pricks my eye and sensibilities, I picture it in the exact same body posture I was in when I first noticed it.

*FYI For those who haven't read it, the work-in-progress Artist Statement is HERE

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 09:09AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in , , | Comments1 Comment

decay & disgust # 50 / civilized ku # 2827-43 / ku # 1294 ~ the photographer's job / 10-14 days worth

It is part of the photographer's job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveller who enters a strange country. ~ Bill Brandt

"aged" apple/orange skins, burnt matches, mold on lasagna-like concoction ~ at home in Ausable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
dormer alcove snowfall and trees ~ Plattsburgh, NY • click to embiggen
propane heater ~ Lake Placid, NY • click to embiggen
praying / crutches ~ Montreal, Quebec • click to embiggen
window display ~ Lake Placid, NY • click to embiggen
hockey rink beer taps ~ Montreal, Quebec • click to embiggen
mountain snow ~ Lake Placid, NY • click to embiggen
snow storm ~ Plattsburgh, NY • click to embiggen
Wilensky's ~ Montreal, Quebec • click to embiggen
Stash Cafe ~ Montreal, Quebec • click to embiggen
bird house ~ Lake Placid, NY • click to embiggen
early snow ~ Lake Placid, NY • click to embiggen
red door ~ Montreal, Quebec • click to embiggen
Rue Saint Paul ~ Montreal, Quebec • click to embiggen
Sailly Avenue ~ Plattsburgh, NY • click to embiggen
Cottage bar ~ Lake Placid, NY • click to embiggen
late autumn color ~ Lake Placid, NY • click to embiggen
restaurant conversation ~ Montreal, Quebec • click to embiggen
wodka wisdom ~ Montreal, Quebec • click to embiggen
In keeping with Bill Brandt's photographer's job description, I decided to post a number of pictures (but not all*) - in no particular chronological order - I have made over the past 10-14 days. All of the pictures were made under the operational umbrella of my standard picture making M.O. - picturing what pricks my eye in a manner which suits my sensibility, re: picturing what I see as I see it.

I have created this entry as a way of demonstrating both the number of pictures and the range of referential material I typically make pictures of over such a time frame. It also serves as a kinda glimpse into my picture making eye and mind ... just in case you were wondering.

*there have been 24 other pictures posted on individual entries over the same time frame

FYI ~ juried exhibition selection

tray and bowl • click to embiggen


One of your images has been chosen for the juried exhibition MARVELOUS THINGS: THE ART OF STILL LIFE at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. Juror Aline Smithson chose your image as one of 40 for display in the gallery exhibition. In addition, your work may be viewed on the PhotoPlace Gallery website, and if you so choose, in the full-color exhibition catalog.

The exhibition will be on view at the gallery from January 13 - February 6, 2015. We welcome you, your family, and friends to visit PPG is person!

Check the website for posted results: results. Please, if we have garbled your name or title, let us know so that we may make corrections ASAP.

Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 08:34AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

picture window # 64 / ku # 1293 ~ another snowy Friday AM

this morning / Mirror Lake Inn ~ Lake Placid, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

mountains and clouds ~ Lake Placid, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

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