Inside Studio 280

Fall 2019 Edition

Analog photography has the gentle yet vigorous rhythm of a perfect day. The glow from the safelight is like the moon with its light caught on the uninterrupted surface of the chemicals, each in their own tray like pools of water. The process of a photographic image is magically played out in this twilight, then the print is revealed with a sun-like brightness from the daytime bulb as if the dawn has come to awaken the details and subtleties of the land it touches.

Summer 2019 Edition

The agenda of a typical summer includes active days and lazy days, and nobody seems to mind. In an environment that experiences seasons, it’s summer that gets all the attention and holds wonderful plans. If you’ve been a constant reader of this quarterly e-zine then you know I’m a fan of celebrating each season fairly.

Spring 2019 Edition

When artists share a bit of their secrets it makes experiencing the art so much more powerful. Sharing some technical aspects here and some historical background there is just enough to invite the viewer inside and allow some guidance.

Winter 2019 Edition

Opening the Floodgates
A more relaxed schedule in wintertime offers the chance to give attention to unattempted ideas and unfinished projects. This season also happens to be my most inspirational time with the quietness of falling snow, the bright colors of birds against a grey sky, and the simple pleasure from examining an intricate snowflake on a mitten.

Fall 2018 Edition

Sculpting a Routine
Every so often having a fear of failure causes procrastination. Although some people work well under this pressure, others gain a lot of unwelcome stress. Come to think of it, I wonder if those who declare they do better when procrastinating are actually consuming hidden stress, therefore leading to other complications.

Summer 2018 Edition

Job Title: _______ There may be a job description, phrase, or singular word that defines each of us when presented with the question “what do you do?”. If one hesitates and doesn’t answer in a timely manner when asked during a conversation, I like to think that shows a slightly complex person with all sorts of definitions and not sure which to pick.

Spring 2018 Edition

Create with Abandon: Spring’s boisterous demeanor mimics the type of people we have in our circle of friends. By surrounding ourselves with others who teach, encourage, and challenge us we can live each day fully. Similar to the warm air making a blossom come alive attracting a bee who helps pollinate the garden we eat from, we all inspire one another and that extends much farther.

Winter 2018 Edition

Winter: The Oldest Season
Winter evokes memory. Becoming more acquainted with being indoors most or all of the day one gets a better grasp on the floor plan, layout of the furniture, creaks and groans of the building, sounds from appliances. This familiarity may become second nature, and while happily for some, not so much for others, causes a person to think more.

Fall 2017 Edition

"On the art of fixing a shadow." William Henry Fox Talbot.
Some things are destined to be taken for granted. Once in a while we ponder the origins of these things but then continue our consumption of them. Electricity, indoor plumbing, air and car travel… Some things we contemplate about more than others and for me it’s photography. This phenomenon is so easy to take for granted today as we have our smart phones, tablets, and computers readily available. It is simple to take pictures these days, but I think it might be harder to make photographs.

Summer 2017 Edition

Summertime Blues Happiness
Do you remember the writing assignment in grade school that started, 'What I Did on My Summer Vacation...'? I loved that assignment. More so on the thought provoking side than the actual writing it out on wide ruled notebook paper with perfect spelling and grammar to boot. I enjoyed remembering the activities I did during the entire summer break. That reflection would make me happy to know I did a lot of really fun things and then was able to sort of brag about it all.

Spring 2017 Edition

"Art demands of us that we shall not stand still." Ludwig van Beethoven.
There are a lot of photographic film negatives in binders on shelves in my darkroom. Since I started studying analog photography in 1998 I also started understanding the importance of archiving and storage of these organic materials. Quite a lot have survived, but there are some that have damage. The question is, will I ever reprint these negatives? Or better yet, print the negatives that were never printed?

Winter 2017 Edition

10 Second Artist Statement
The first few seconds upon meeting somebody are the ones that make that lasting impression. In the book I'd rather be in the studio! the author remarks on this and suggests summarizing your artist statement to one sentence that takes about 10 seconds to verbalize. I rewrote my artist statement and made it something that can change as my art changes but still remain the same as far as basic theory and personal drive. This statement is what I need to summarize and whittle down to ten seconds.