I have been taking electronics apart right and left; removing the circuit boards and searching for meaningful compositions. It’s weird but these things can really tell a story.
If anybody has any E-waste they need to get rid of send me an email. I will come to your house and pick it up, photograph it, and recycle it for you. Big, small, computers, electronics. I am not picky.
4×5, 1:1 to 4 times lifesize, Delta 100, scanned from prints (right click and view image for a larger version).
This is a brick from the house I grew up in. It was located at 2411 Crestmoor Rd, Nashville, TN 37215. That address is no more. They tore the house down to make way for eight or ten $700,000 condos. It was a great house. There is just something about white brick houses.
Details: Fuji 135mm, f32, Flash, Delta 100 4×5
P.S. You might be wondering where the shots from the other days are. Well, I shoot film and make prints in a wet darkroom. This limits the amount of finished prints I can produce and show here.
My left and right brains collided on this one. I tried to isolate the patterns into a circular type of shape that simplified the details into a stronger more coherent pattern. I really enjoy this photograph. I tend to think of the computer as the great simplifier, but this image pulls back the curtain on that idea.
I took this shot with my 8×10 Cambo monorail and my 105mm Tominon. That’s right that tiny little Polaroid lens will cover 8×10 and is sharp to the corners! This shot is just over 4 times life size. The detail in the contact print is just wild. It took 6 flash pops from two 700w heads. That is a lot of light (2 to 3 times as bright as a clear noon day).
Details: Polaroid Tominon 105mm, f45, Bulb with Flash, Delta 100 8×10.
I have to admit this was about as close as you can get to a snapshot with a 4×5 camera on a tripod. It was cold, windy, and the light was fading. I knew I wanted to capture the intersecting curves (and stonework under sunset conditions has a wonderful tonality), but other than that I just set the camera up and got it done. I started out with a 135mm but I needed more curves and depth, so I switched to my 75mm, which was perfect. Focus, meter, and done. Except the exposure ended up being 5m, which meant 10 more minutes of wind and cold (I almost always take a safety exposure).
This prints nicely on warmtone paper and could easily be enlarged to 30×40. The negative is razor sharp.
Details: Rodenstock 75mm Grandagon, f32, 5m, Delta 100 4×5
It’s been a little over a week and the dailies are progressing nicely. It has re-energized my creative spirit in all sorts of new directions. I even pulled out the 8×10 this week for some macro work, not the easiest chore, but those giant negatives are worth the trouble.
This particular shot is a detail of an aloe plant in my wife’s office. I love finding the beauty in details. I tried to capture the texture and form as simply as possible. I wanted to let the curves and natural patterns of the plant create the photograph. This is a rather extreme macro photograph and is right at the limits of my little Polariod Tominon 105mm. It is just about 3 times life size on the negative. It makes a fine 8×10 print, sharp at the thorns fading to a nice soft bokeh to the left.
Details: Polaroid Tominon 105mm, f45, 3m, Delta 100 4×5.
My wife’s birthday is January 1st. She had mentioned how much she liked this flower, which was sitting in an arrangement on our breakfast table, during morning coffee. I had been thinking about what to start the dailies with; running through compositions, thinking what and where I might photograph. I don’t often attempt still life work, but the combination of a birthday, a beautiful flower, and morning sun made my decision easy. I set up a simple black cloth background, arranged the flower, and set up my camera. This shot was just about lifesize on my 4×5. It prints easily on Ilford warmtone and has wonderful soft tones. The morning sunlight was perfect.
Details: Polaroid Tominon 105mm, f45, 18s, Delta 100 4×5.