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  1. Christopher Beane's "Flower"

    by , 05-02-2008 at 12:02 PM
    This blog is a review of Christopher Beane's new book, Flower.



    Flower, is a floral autobiography.

    Beginning with traditional, abstract, black & white compositions in the 1990s, Beane's early works make reference to a number of noted photographers but also reveal how he developed his own eye for presenting unusual floral shapes and textures.

    In the late 1990s, Beane left ...
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  2. Various things

    by , 05-01-2008 at 02:19 PM
    I scored a beautiful condition 1930s vintage Brownie #3 box camera for $5. It produces a rather large negative (I think something near 4x5, maybe 3 1/4 x 4 1/4), and of course original roll film is not available for it anymore, so I'll use it for shooting wet-plate. Thinking of which...

    I'm doing a demo of wet-plate at Artomatic. I'm going to use the Brownie to do the plates, so I can have something cheap and easy to work on, and less to haul around. Now I need to construct a dark ...
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  3. instant happiness

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    jss
    , 04-29-2008 at 12:00 AM
    last weekend my partner and i threw a birthday party. we had it at this wonderful whiskey bar/restaurant in san francisco named Nihon.

    i love introducing my friends to different cameras, so i usually bring one as an accessory to such an occasion.

    this time i decided to dust off my polaroid spectra 1200. i had to go through a reseller on amazon to get film for it, but i managed to acquire four 10-packs.

    i brought it out at the restaurant and it was an ...

    Updated 08-26-2008 at 12:07 PM by jss

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  4. A Photographic Philosophy

    by , 04-25-2008 at 04:05 PM
    I've spent a lot of time lately reflecting on my rather different philosophy when it comes to photography. I haven't had enough time to shoot lately, what with the SO working overtime and the baby needing my attention, so I've been thinking more and more about why I shoot the way I do.

    I can't really put most of my photography into one set genre. I don't try to classify it. I shoot what I see, when I see it, sometimes for many reasons and sometimes for no reason at all. I use ...
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  5. More adventures in collodion

    by , 04-22-2008 at 08:45 AM
    Well, the new silver bath is set up and running. I couldn't be happier with it, as it does everything you could expect it to do, and looks beautiful to boot. It inspires me to become a better woodworker every time I look at it.

    I think I finally have my process under control - I was having severe veiling in addition to the problems I had with the darkslide scraping my plates. Well, with switching to the 11x14 plates, which properly fit my plate holders, I cured the scraping problem. ...
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