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Urgency

There’s always an urgency for me when I’m shooting. Most of what I see in the world is fleeting and short lived – a momentary alignment where the light, the shadow, the subject, the colour, the framing – all of it are perfect….

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Available Light

When I first began shooting black and white in grade 9 the camera club had no flash units  – just 35mm Pentax cameras. So I got used to shooting using available light. Over the years as I bought camera equipment it was the camera…

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Simplify

For some reason I’ve never spent a lot of money on camera gear. I suppose it’s something that began in my student days of limited money but then became a habit. Although, when it comes to anything shiny new and technical, I do tend…

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Alternate Processes

I was speaking with a client yesterday about alternate photographic printing processes – gum bichromate, salted paper, and cyanotype. In the early 90’s I took a bunch of different workshops at Gallery 44 where they taught alternate printing processes like these. Looking back…

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Bathroom Darkroom

Fairly recently I sold a large black and white print from the Tropical series. An image of sculptural tree roots that had been scoured and cleaned by wind, water and sand. It was selected as part of a group of images that depicted…

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Printing

I’ve been thinking about my final printing step. Up to now, making prints has been more of an after thought – doesn’t sound so good I know. But given that I print constantly for clients, I have a solid handle on the printing process…

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Loose Ends

Years ago my friend Paedric called me builder will and the older I get the more I realize how accurate that is. If I can’t be building something, I’m at loose ends. Today I’m feeling calm again – I’ve got my next project…

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Back At It

I’m seeking or pursuing or maybe even dreaming a new idea – a vision of movement in the foreground and stillness in the background. Just started shooting for it this week. At the moment it’s still murky and the results I’ve got are not…

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The Coming Apocalypse – er Singularity

  I was thinking about how photography and music production software and equipment has improved so incredibly over my career. This has boosted the quality of work produced by artists and we’ve collectively come to expect more from artists too. The software and…

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Moot Print

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about why I finish photographs the way I do – in particular, why do I make sized and editioned prints? When I began as a photographer a print was a necessary means to an end. It…

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Perspective & Reason

Been thinking about what to do next. After my summer hiatus, feels as though I’ve finished capturing new material for convergent. The raw material was becoming repetitive and I’d need to adjust my approach to continue along this path. I’ve got to contemplate…

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New and Improved

Took the summer off to renovate our upstairs apartment and well, a ton of other stuff too it seems. But right before I began that lengthy project my resin and face mounted acrylic were delivered. So all the bits sat here ready gathering…

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Work Print

Got the face mount back but it had some bubbles so repeating and hoping for a better result this round. Meanwhile, printing a set of work prints of Light Signatures so I have actual prints to present. Looking good. Exciting to see them…

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Waiting Game

  Everything is ordered and the resin arrives tomorrow hopefully followed closely by the face mounted film and then… I pour.

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To Print or Not To Print

Facemounting works! Time to order more resin so I can pour uninterrupted – here we go! Been thinking about my process in general and whether or not I should be making prints of my images as I go. I tend not to for…

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Face Mounting

Waiting to see how the backlit film facemounts to the back of the plexi before I order the rest of the resin but looks promising. Then it’s pour, pour, pour as I practice my careful no-air-bubbles clear film rolling technique. Almost there!

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Big Sigh of Relief

I poured a third layer of resin on top of the first pigment only layer juuuust to be sure the crazy bubbling reaction wasn’t a reaction to the ink pigment and thankfully looks like it’s not. Which means it was a reaction to…

Epic Fial – Rinse, Repeat

I poured the next layer of resin and damn if it didn’t go REALLY well – especially after all my anxious planning and scheming. I switched my measuring and second stage mixing gear to glass away from plastic after I found during extensive…

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Go For Launch

Yep the first pour went … well – kind of. LOTS of air bubbles that were hard to get out of the syrupy resin mix even after 25 minutes in a vacuum chamber but got most of them – with diligence. Then had…

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Pour It

Yep it’s pouring day. I was about to pour just now but need more time to recover in case bad things happen – so tomorrow it is. But the form is all sealed up as best I can get it, everything is as…

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Big Time

At long last I’m actually ready to pour the resin. Everything is levelled out so the resin will flow evenly. Got a way to clamp the form closed and another way to seal up the seams so resin doesn’t drain out the cracks…

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Glueing

Glueing the side braces now. In talking it over with my studio mate I’ve got a plan for rolling out the clear film that’ll hopefully reduce the chance of trapping air bubbles beneath it. Still inventing the method in my head.

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Continuing On

I’ve reassembled the plexi resin form and am continuing to add the plywood side supports  – order more resin and let the pouring begin. Hopefully with no bubbles or any other weird anomolies. I think this time around the form is less delicate –…

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Rebuild

Got both sides of the mould glued together as you see below and tidied up the corner joints but as I was setting up to glue the first outer brace the mould tipped over and broke apart. Grrr. Rebuild! Clearly it’s delicate so…

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Mould Building

I’ve begun to build the resin pouring mould – so far it’s working. Loving the plastic cup spacers held together and taped to my work light to keep them positioned. This whole thing is using my typical hacked together builder will approach. With…

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Water

When I look back on it, I’ve often delighted in water. I wrote about damming rain and melt water as a kid but there’s more. There’s an element of fear and caution mixed with the playful. It took me a long while to…

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Interpret

Last night I went to hear an artist friend give a talk. Later, I had a dream where I was speaking with him at his studio. As I wandered around I picked up an unfinished piece and I’m embarrassed to say I damaged…

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Flow

As a kid we lived on a street that sloped downhill. I remember spending time playing in the river of rainwater rushing down the gutter of our street. The flow mesmerized me. I’d spend ages finding ways to dam it up – leaves,…

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Mind Game

We take this entirely for granted but if you think about it, the simple fact that we stand and move about erect perpendicular to the ground and gravity is mind boggling. Forget that you’re standing on the surface of the earth for a…