My Darkroom

Darkroom#1

This was my darkroom in our house back in Warren, Oregon. The room was an addition to the rear of our 1895 farm house on an acre of land just a half an hour from downtown Portland. The 12 x 24 x 9 foot room mirrored a 12 x 24 x 9 finishing room accessible via a 36 inch revolving darkroom door allowing access even when in use. The finishing room is where I had computers, printers and scanners along with flat files and framing equipment, to complete any kind of printing project. The darkroom had room to adapt to many kinds of darkroom needs. Above the 16 feet of stainless steel sink note the plastic perforated pipe, a plastic fan sucked the air off the sink removing the chemical odors very efficiently. Two wall mounted “Omega” D5 XL’s, one fitted with an “Arista” Cold Light Head, the other an Omega color head. A “Thomas” sodium vapor safe light makes working in the room as bright as day.

Darkroom#2

I miss this room very much! The need for a darkroom and larger studio/shop space has been a major factor for our need to move. We will miss our 1880 bank building complete with walk-In vault, but we need a lot more square feet to work in. We have had our building here in Eureka, Nevada “For Sale”for over three years now. I must admit I’m growing impatient… My current darkroom is a half bath off the studio, at least it has the space to develop film. I still have all of the darkroom equipment, but no room to set it up in. I am very much ready to start making silver prints again, not to mention Platinum/Palladium prints. Where will my new darkroom be? Where should our next move take us?

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Digital Disaster

Earlier this year cleaning up in the studio, I accidentally knocked a 3TB hard drive off my desk and it crashed to the floor ceasing to function. When I plugged it back in, it briefly made a grinding/buzzing noise then nothing… It does not show up on the desktop, nor does it show up in disk utilities, making disk recovery impossible. This hard drive contained every single image ever shot with both Canon 5D MkII digital cameras spanning a five year period. Fortunately, I also back up to DVD and jobs get backed up twice, once as delivered, usually full sized tiff’s and as unedited dng files. The problem here is that when I started to back up from the DVD’s to a new hard drive most of the DVD’s wouldn’t play. I installed a second optical drive into my MacPro. Now most of the DVD’s do play, but not all of them (insert expletive here)! Also, I had not backed up to DVD for several months. So, every image created between August and January is gone forever (except jobs), along with those random DVD’s that still will not play (insert very loud expletive here)! I ordered several new internal and external hard drives for the MacPro and one more portable hard drive for the MacBook Pro so, this way I can create multiple back ups while on the road as well and even more back ups once I return to the studio.

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Storm chasing near Eureka, Nevada May 17th, 2015.

All this digital turmoil has made me rethink how I feel about and deal with digital photography. Don’t get me wrong, I like digital as much as I like analog photography. I think of the two as tools, not a preference, not unlike a painter would chose a different paint brush to create a different look. I pick up a different camera to create the effect I’m after. Many of my photographer friends would throw a major wobbler about now, shouting and screaming to defend how much better digital or analog is from the other. I think you’re all very funny! Over the last decade I have been shooting most of my personal color work with digital. All of my black & white has been on film. But lately, for my personal color work I have been returning to film and my Hasselblad. I don’t think it is as much about whether or not it’s digital or analog, but rather how much I really like designing within the square format over a rectangle.

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Lower Columbia River, Washington

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Tahoe, California

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Ibex Dunes, California

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Immigrant Road, Nevada

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Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Soho Photo’s Krappy Kamera Show

I’m very happy to announce that my photograph “Steens Mountain” has been selected for Soho Photo’s 2013 Krappy Kamera exhibition. This is the first time I have shown my work on the East Coast, let alone NYC!

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“Steens Mountain” was shot in the extreme Southeastern corner of Oregon. All my black and white panoramic images are photographed using a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera, reloaded with Kodak Tri-X film.

 

Opening March 5th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Soho Photo

15 White Street

New York, NY 10013

(212) 226-8571

6th Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show

I am thrilled to be a part of the RayKo Photo Center’s Plastic Camera Show!

RodeoQueen

“Rodeo Queen” was selected by Ann Jastrab, juror for the 6th Annual Plastic Camera show. My B&W panoramic images are photographed using Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras, reloaded with Kodak Tri-X film over and over again. This photograph was shot a few years back at the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo near St. Helens, Oregon. I modify the camera by gently filing the interior of the frame, creating an irregular rebate edge. I also install a yellow gelatin filter between the lens and the film inside the camera. I process all of my own film.

I will be attending the Opening Reception. I hope to see you there!

Opening Reception March 6th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

RayKo Photo Center

428 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

415-495-3773

Wonderland: Photographic Fantasies

I juried into a fantastic show at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. I wanted everyone to know they can purchase the catalog through Blurb. Every image is absolutely incredible! Blue Mitchell was the juror on the show. You can preview the entire catalog on-line. Please buy the catalog today at Blurb.

My image in the show “Hole-in-the-Ground” Photographed with a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera, in Southeastern Oregon.

PHOTOPLACE GALLERY

3 Park Street

Middlebury, VT 05753

“Plastic Fantastic II” Opening

Come join us Saturday June 11th from 5:00 pm until…? At LightBox Photographic in Astoria, Oregon. I will be attending the opening of “Plastic Fantastic II” a show of lo-fidelity photographs created on film and photographed using a plastic, pinhole, vintage, or home made cameras. Susan Burnstine juried the show for LightBox Photographic, so it should prove to be an amazing show! Also, at the same time LightBox Photographic will be featuring the work of 10LoFi, a group of lo-fidelity photographers from Scandinavia.

I’m driving 700 miles from Central Nevada to attend the opening, what’s your excuse?

LightBox Photographic

1045 Marine Drive

Astoria, Oregon   97103-4219

(503) 468-0238

Plastic Fantastic II at LightBox Photographic

I am pleased to announce that I have had two images selected for the upcoming “Plastic Fantastic II”  Toy Camera show at LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon June 11 – July 6th. Opening Reception will be Saturday June 11th from 5:00pm until…

Susan Burnstine juried the Toy Camera Photographic exhibition.  All images needed to have been created on film using a plastic, pinhole, box, or homemade camera. 50 photographic images will be displayed in the gallery from photographers from all over the globe. Please show your support for the arts, I encourage everyone to attend and make purchases from this fantastic show.

“7th Street” is located in Diamond Valley just outside of Eureka, Nevada (where I live)

“Kiger Gorge” is located along the flanks of the Steens Mountains of Southeastern Oregon

Both of these Photographs were shot using a Kodak “Fun Saver 35 Panoramic” plastic disposable camera that I reload over and over again with Kodak Tri-X black & white film.

LightBox Photographic

1045 Marine Drive

Astoria, Oregon   97103-4219

(503) 468-0238

RayKo Center’s Plastic Camera Show

Here are my two images that juried into the RayKo Photo Center’s 2010 International Juried Plastic Camera Show. I will be at the opening Friday February 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The show is up February 26 – April 17. Hope you get a chance to stop by and see the incredible images that plastic cameras can make.

RayKo Photo Center

428 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

Hole-in-the-Ground

This photograph was created using a Kodak Fun Saver Panoramic 35 disposable camera. Trish and I were living in Oregon at the time. This was the last day of a two week long photographic expedition to Nevada. We had camped nearby at Fort Rock in south central Oregon, with the intentions of visiting Hole-in-the-Ground a place we had heard of but had never been to. Driving the narrow winding forest service road to Hole-in-the-Ground was a very unassuming experience until you arrive, emerging from a fairly dense stand of pine trees and suddenly your on the rim of the crater looking down 500 feet to the bottom. We spent the best part of the morning hiking around this inspirational place.

Alamo Wash

This photograph was also created using a Kodak Fun Saver Panoramic 35 disposable camera. It was November in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the weather was terrific. We virtually had the whole park to ourselves. On the second night we headed up the Alamo Wash to backcountry camp at Alamo Canyon Camp. We spent several days camping and hiking from this location,  I shot this image on the last morning we camped here, standing on the picnic table of our camp spot.