Monthly Archives: January 2010

“Maps” Results

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great weekend!  Yet again, I was really surprised by the variety of submissions.  I thought a somewhat straightforward prompt like “Maps” might produce straightforward results. Nope!

  • Pat says, “Maps show us the way, but you have to step off from someplace.”

  • Mariel gives us an amusing glimpse of her thoughts, via a map of her mind.

    • Taylore says, “Woke up this morning to find my window covered in condensation. I did my best attempt at drawing the state of California.”  I think it’s perfect how she framed her photograph to include the palm trees in the distance.

    • Matt asked me if he could submit this – he didn’t want to make a mockery of the blog, he said.  Then I reminded him how I made a pizza for our first project.  Anything goes!  Plus I thought this was funny and clever. 
    • Erin M submitted some scans from an Artist Book containing all the places she’s lived in the last 8 years – 12 places total.  These are just some of the pages.  It seems like a huge undertaking, but how great will this project be later in life when your memories aren’t as sharp?

    • I’ll let  Natasja describe her image this week.  She thought it might be too technical, but I think it’s super interesting!

    “This was my first picture from a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) that I’m currently learning to use. It maps the surface of some sample with a beam of electrons and uses the signals from these electrons and atoms on the surface to create a topographic image of the sample.  It allows for magnification that isn’t possible with a normal optical microscope.

    The above is a picture of an unidentified squished bug at 1200x magnification (we think a Tick). All we can assume is it must have fed on human blood as the biconcave discs shown in the picture are identifies as red blood cells. The cavities and ridges seen here are parts of the shell. This particular picture took me 45 minutes to obtain and in the worlds of Physics and Chemistry, use of this machine is more of an art than science.”

    Next week’s project is called “Golden”.  What’s your take?

    Deadline: Saturday, January 31st by the end of the day (we all know that’s somewhat negotiable by now).

    • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
    • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
    • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.

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    Portrait of the Artist Results

    This morning I was a little worried because I only had one item to post aside from my own; however as the afternoon went on, more and more submissions trickled in.  Whew!  Rounded out with images from first-timers Graemme, Leanora and Erin K, we have another great week of diverse projects.

    Click through for images you can actually see.

    • Jeff created his image this week using his 5d, an iPhone camera, and some 430ex strobes.  I really like how his post-processing gives the photo an aged feel.

    Jeff’s accompanying text:

    Prideful or prided?
    The man or his instrument?
    The lens or the eye?

    • Graemme submitted a hand-drawn illustration of himself, using graphite and pen.  It’s great to have an illustrator among us.

    • I created my image this week using an enlarged photocopy and typewritten text.  I made it at work – can you tell?

    • Lea (a photographer friend of mine and fellow instant-film enthusiast) submitted this image which I really enjoy. She said she shot this on her point and shoot one night after work. “I have a series of my feet and where they go and this is one of them.”

    • Erin K (jokingly?) asked if she could submit a photo of herself with a bag over her head, complete with a creepy hand-drawn face. I took her up on her offer!  Contribute again soon, E!

    • Azlynn is back this week with another photograph, this time from Death Valley.  While she and her friends were photographing the Charcoal Kilns at dawn, she turned and noticed her friend’s shadow against the snow.

    • Mariel sent me a very detailed image that she drew with Sharpie.  I have to say that I really appreciate how she isn’t afraid to experiment with different mediums – good to have you back, Mariel!

    • Natasja submitted a beautiful image that she created in Illustrator.  I know you’re very busy with school, but I always really enjoy your submissions, T!

    Next week’s project is called “Maps”.  What’s your take?

    Deadline: Saturday, January 23rd by the end of the day (we all know that’s somewhat negotiable by now).

    • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
    • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
    • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.

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    Primitive Results

    Interestingly (maybe ironically), each of the Primitive submissions are photographs, and great ones at that! This week we have Jeff and Patrick participating for the first time, as well as Art Takes veterans Tasja and Dan.

    Do yourself a favor and click each photograph to view the detail!

    Jeff says, “In my mind the shot is really just a vignette of a story, but rather than tell the story I’d prefer that the viewer come up with their own.”  Technical details for those of us who love them: Shot on Jeff’s Canon 5d, 85mm f/1.8 wide open at 1/160 with a .9 ND filter,  fill flash on camera positioned to bounce, key light directly behind subject pointing towards camera.  Looking forward to more great shots, Jeff!

    Patrick shot this photo, titled “Door to the Past” in his hometown of Neligh, Nebraska.  He says he interpreted the theme to mean old-fashioned, simple and unsophisticated.  But he also says, “There’s something about old that moves me.” I can very much relate.

    Natasja submitted a beautiful grouping of photographs that I’m interested in buying. She says she was at a brewery in Portland and noticed the “bad ass aquarium” and realized that the gorgous and very primitive coral would fit the theme perfectly.  Fantastic!

    I shot my submission in San Francisco on 35mm film this past weekend. I’ve always had an aversion to pigeons and they definitely strike me as primitive, pea-brained animals.  “Pigeons are filthy creatures.  You look more like.. an angel!”

    Dan submitted a photo from the east side of the Salton Sea called “Primitive Accomodations”.   He says, “Chances are it wasn’t primitive to the owner back then, but it’s surely primitive by our standards.”  He used his Nikon D50 and 12-24 wide angle lens in creating his shot.  Take note of the vine-patterned wall paper – classy!

    Thanks so much for your really wonderful art this week. Yet again, I’m really impressed, encouraged and inspired.

    Next week’s project is called “Portrait of the Artist”.  What’s your take?

    Deadline: Saturday, January 16th by the end of the day (we all know that’s somewhat negotiable by now).

    • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
    • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
    • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.

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    Nighttime results

    I apologize for slacking on posting the latest results; I have to say after such a nice Christmas and New Year’s it’s a little difficult to snap out of relaxation mode. Anyhow, here they are! As always, click to enlarge.

    • Azlynn shot this image using a cross screen filter – it’s a 1.3 second exposure in the San Diego Harbor.  I’d be interested learning more about the filter and its atypical effect on the lights here.

    • Natasja submitted an image of her first New Year’s in Portland. Chilly but cheery!
    • I submitted a video I recorded on Christmas Eve using my parents’ Mac.  It might not seem like anything of substance, but it’s pretty accurate of the mood – relaxing, drinking framboise lambic and talking until 2 in the morning.  It was  a good night.  (If someone could tell me how to fix the formatting here I’d looove that)

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    • Dan submitted a photograph called “Bump in the Dark” that he shot at Galleta Meadows in Borrego Springs. It’s a 3 minute exposure, so be sure to click to enlarge for the detail in the shot.

    (Some of you may need to lighten your monitor settings.  At home on my Mac the image looks great, on my work PC it’s much too dark. )

    Thanks to first-time participants  Azlynn and Tasja, and to returning participant Dan for the great art.  I realize it’s been a busy few weeks so I really appreciate the submissions to keep the momentum going.

    Next week’s theme is “Primitive”.  What’s your take?

    Deadline: Saturday, January 9th by the end of the day.

    • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
    • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
    • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.

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