Look Ma, No Cavities.

May 8th, 2010

I surreptitiously snapped a photo of my x-ray. Do I really need those wisdom teeth taken out? They’ve been there for 35 years now, and they haven’t had the unwanted effect of making me any wiser.

Golden Kai Apartments

Like a Moth…

September 23rd, 2008

I’m obviously attracted to light like a moth, so seeing some examination of some quality of light in one of my photos is no real surprise. However, seeing a photo I shot vertically isn’t quite as common, as I tend to do a lot of landscape and panoramic style compositions when I photograph (35mm cameras naturally lending themselves to this.)

All from a night in Tokyo:

Golden Kai Apartments

Kabukicho Building.

Golden Kai Alley

Chicago

July 27th, 2008

So I was in Chicago this past week, which was a good time. Got to see some friends, and walk around the city, eat at the magical Hot Doug’s and also at Kuma’s Corner. I’ve noticed that as I walk around cities, even cities that I know, I tend to spend a lot of time looking up. It’s either the architecture, or the abstraction that one gets by putting a building flat against a sky, but it’s something I always seem to notice. (…and sometimes I even get lucky with some lens flare action…)

lucky lens flare

bicycle

marina tower at night

Animals at Night (Lost!)

July 12th, 2008

Moving back and forth across the ocean a couple of times can cause you to misplace a few things. I was recently going through my negatives trying to find a series I did entitled “Animals at Night”, a series I shot based on my imagination of what happened to playground animals at night (they come to life of course, right?) I was able to find the preliminary studies I did for this series (shot during the day), but couldn’t seem to find the series itself.

If you see my negatives, will you please let me know where they are?

“Animals At Night” (Study), Silver-Gelatin prints from 35mm negatives, three studies for a series which is currently (hopefully temporarily) lost.

On the Road

June 28th, 2008

On a short business trip for work, I ventured farther west into the Florida Panhandle. I feel like there need to be more neon signs like this:

The Waffle Iron in Mariana

…and the waffles (or rather, one large waffle) was just fine:

The Waffle Iron in Mariana

Back in the 60’s and 70’s Vernon, Florida was known as “Nub City”. However, times change, and now if you’re in Vernon and you’re not playing basketball, you are apparently shooting the crap out of the city sign.

Vernon City Sign.

Hopefully the Lady Jackets will win another Championship so that the sign can be replaced. Go Lady Jackets.

Digital Photographs (gasp, choke, cough, wheez.) No. Really. Look, even the Last of the Mohicans has to eat y’know.

8mm and Super 8 mm (punch holes, cross processed, found footage)

March 17th, 2008

Anyone who knows me is aware of my longtime passion for 8mm and Super 8 mm movie films. I have a wide and somewhat bewildering variety of cameras, editors, and miscellaneous equipment devoted to this art. (Though not the collection I once had.) One of these items is a camera which is fully deserving of a photograph of it’s own, at the end of the lens is a bulb and film gate through which you can thread 8mm film (Super 8 will of course fit as well, but doesn’t line up with the gate quite as well), you can use this camera to rephotograph individual frames from the film onto 127 film (usually available from Frugal Photographer.)

Works from this process are falling into a few different categories: a series of photos from kodachrome punch holes (Kodak punched identification codes into the tail ends of the films, with fascinating results on the individual frames), a series on an unfortunate roll of Ektachrome that I cross processed into abstract art, and a series of found footage photographs. With each 50 ft. roll of film containing approximately 4000 individual frames, I don’t think I’ll be running out of images for these for a while:

Crossprocessed out-of-date Ektachrome G160, film processed in 1996, rephotographed 2007.

Kodachrome Puncholes on found footage, original film from approximately 1960, rephotographed 2008.

“The Kid”, found Kodachrome footage from approximately 1957, rephotographed in 2008.  

Cyanotypes

March 13th, 2008

I’m still very much in love with this process. It may be that I just am addicted to the colour blue, or that I like the fact that if you take a fast and loose approach to producing a cyanotype, there is a kind of random magic that occurs with them. Scientifically, I’d have to say that Mike Ware is pretty much the ultimate authority on this process. Also, although I never got to take his alternative processes class, the work of Paul Karabinis is also quite inspiring. However, for me, chaos is my guide:

Ochanomizu in Cyan by Craig Campbell

Cyanotype from a 35mm negative, via paper inter-negative, shooting down the up Escalator at Ochanomizu Station in Tokyo. 2004.

Musashino Line in Cyan by Craig Campbell

Cyanotype from a 35mm negative, via paper inter-negative, the Musashino Line as it runs through Minami-Nagareyama, Chiba, Japan. 2004.