Thursday, July 27, 2006

Holga Camera

Meherrin River - Courtland, VA
Camera: Holga, medium format
Film: 320 Tri-X
Silver gelatin print, sepia toned

Lane to Maw and Pappy's Farm; Hosier Road - Sufflok, VA
Camera: Holga, medium format
Film: 120 Plus-X
Silver gelatin print, sepia toned

Councill Farm - Franklin, VA
Camera: Holga, medium format
Film: 120 Plus-X
Silver gelatin print, sepia toned

Clear-cutting on Story Station Road - Courtland, VA
Camera: Holga, medium format
Film: 320 Tri-X
Silver gelatin print, sepia toned

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Maco Film

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

....cyanotype specifics

formula used - Mike Ware's New cyanotype kit. I applied with dropper and used a plastic rod to spread (the rod was actaully a tea package - loose tea!). About 3-4 ml for a 11x14 piece. I coated these under regular tungsten light (my house). Printed within 1 day of coating. My sun ran away in the middle of a print, so I brought inside and put in my upstairs hallway (no windows). Ran to Wal-Mart and bought 2 48" UV blacklights and a 48" double shop light with reflector sides. I mounted the light between two stool ends -actually, between the rungs about 12" away from the floor. I placed the printing frame under the light, centered. It was night time, no daylight (no need to block windows, so I just shuht the door and left the UV blacklights on - I checked periodically until emulsion turned.

Algae - Indian Beach, NC
Cyanotype on watercolor paper
Exposure - homemade UV light box. 4 hours. 12 inches from source.
(this piece is large - a was small section scanned)

Edenton Statue - Toned
Cyanotype from digital negative (slide likm scanned)
Bleached in Ammonia first (30 sec.), then toned in Earl Grey Breakfast Tea (5 min)
Exposure - bright sun. this was a test strip - exposure ranges from 5-40 min from bottom up.

Edenton Statue
Cyanotype from digital negative (scanned slide film)
Exposure - bright sun. 3 pm. 10 minutes.

Queens Anne's Lace
Cyanotype photogram on large round coffee filter (this is just a scanned section)
Exposure - homemade UV light box, 30 minutes, 12 inches from source

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Polaroid Transfers

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Truth Speaks

My husband's maternal grandfather, Howard Sherman Sumner, took this photograph when he was in the Army. It is from a concentration camp that was liberated. I have been wanting to work on it for a while and am finally getting around to the preliminary "cleanup" work. I scanned it digitally, then used Photoshop CS2 to remove large scrathces and burn out. I don't want to make it perfect...there is something beautiful in the degraded image quality.....the beauty of a resiliant soul. The tragic truth revealed in this photo deserves a voice...I hope I can provide a worthy voice...really, the voice is there, so maybe I am like the mouth or vessel.....

I will be printing this out as a cyanotype and possibly converting it to slide so that I can do polaroid transfers.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em - know when to walk away, know when to run.....

I do fancy myself a gambler of father-in-law, the notorious Mark Scott, will tell you that I am the Queen of Deals...or steals, whichever way you see it. Three dollar boots are my specialty, as are ugly sneakers and old cameras. Well, I hope that this Vivitar slide printer turns out to be another great deal, rather than a arrived much to my delight and I ripped into the packaging with giddiness and glee - works perfectly!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Thursday, May 25, 2006

...if only Bob Barker were calling my name....

I just won a Vivitar slide printer off eBay for $60.00!!! I am beyond thrilled- this means lots of fun and less driving time! Considering the gas I will save by not having to drive down to Portsmouth for open lab time, I think I am saving money on this purchase! My husband likes this type of spending! It should be here in 2-3 days - stay tuned.....


This is my first post ever. I have never "blogged" before......I don't own a cell phone, a digital camera, or an Ipod...I do have an eMac, so I am not entirely primitive, just purposely resistant. I guess I would be considered a holdout.......a happy holdout...

I am being thrust into this blogging thing because I am taking a class in alternative photo processes. It strikes me as ironic that there is such a technological component to a very lo-tech class.....maybe this will be a blessing in disguise - if it makes me famous or something! My father-in-law, the notorious Mark Scott, will think this is great and will probably check this (and everyone else's) each day.....before the summer is out, I bet he will have his own blog!