Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A fogged mirror

Two new images for the Jacket series.  This time indoors, a bathroom.  My idea was to create a steamy bathroom scene where the Jacket wipes away the fog on the bathroom mirror.  I think that the first of the two images is more successful based on toning alone.  There are more muted brown tones in the first image that mimics that garish yellow tungsten light that is universally found in all bathrooms.

Here's a quick look at the digital to gain a better idea of the lighting.

I actually like the colored digital images for everything that it reveals regarding the color.  But when I look back at the Cyanotypes, I become conflicted.  With them, I really like the softer details and more sketched out look.  Decisions, decisions...

These images are also my first verticals in the series.  I am unsure what exactly this means just yet for the rest of the imagery since all my previous Jacket photographs have been horizontal.  I do know that when I came up with this shot, I had only thought of it in a vertical format.  We shall see...

(Technical notes:  Canson Sketch 65lb Paper.  Black tea toned Cyanotype)

Monday, September 17, 2012

We will spend it all at sea

Hello world. 

May I present two new edits.  Both for my continued "Jacket" series.  Both presented as toned Cyanotypes.  I used cheap Canson sketch paper to print on and Safeway black tea for toning.  I found the tea in the underbelly of the lowest shelf, severely marked down to $1.29 for 100 bags.  On sale!  It seriously works some kind of voodoo magic on Cyanotypes.

All images were taken at Sea Cliff, right above Ocean Beach with my digital Canon camera.  I am so grateful to have found such a smooth transition between digital image capture and analog historic printing.  The bane of my existence lies only in the tripod that both holds up my godsend and brings down my credibility as a "tourist" and thus cuts my shooting locations down to about 10 minutes or so...a cry I hear so often from other wretched souls like me.

But in all, it was a good day to be out shooting near the water.  I enjoyed basking in the sun and listening to the wind and the water.  I felt in my element and posed with ease as curious onlookers puzzled over the peculiar girl in a jacket with the camera.