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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 ...
  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 ...
  3. instant happiness

    , 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

  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 ...
  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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