Today I have 2 new additions for the On The Verge series. Please click on the link to see the additions with their friends. As in the other cases, these images loose considerable sharpness through compression. If you would like to see the crispy versions please let me know.
I am pretty pleased with myself. I have been mucking about with my website in the hopes of better presenting current and historical photographic explorations. Here are the major changes. ~ I now have both a resume and an Artist’s Statement page ~ There is now a new home page that has been tested on apple, android, and microsoft devices. Each image is a link to a different page. I actually did a little bit of coding to get the text to float over the image – yeah me. ~ For those who link directly to the blog the link has changed to “https://seandrysdale.com/site_mgmt/blog/”
These changes were in part spurred on by the responses I received at this year’s “Exposure Review”. Last year my question was on direction, and I presented a technically proficient set of 20 images on my laptop. There was nothing really holding the photos together. This year I arrived with a set of 14 images, all from what I am call the “Roadside Attractions” project. 9 images were from “The Thin Line” series and 5 were from the series that is now (the title is new this month) called “On The Verge”. This year I wanted to know if the work was conceptually coherent enough, and appealing enough for a show. The responses were gratifying. Most of the reviewers I spoke with said yes. There are though some next steps. Those next steps are figure out the words for “Roadside Attractions” (check), make decisions on presentation (in progress), figure out a marketing strategy (oh shit), and then act on it. I was also encouraged to apply to “The Fence“, which I did. As the ever so supportive Dona Schwartz told me, even if nothing comes from your application, going through the application process alone is a good thing to do.
Besides the structural changes, the following photos have been added yesterday and today: ~ In Love this Land there are some photos from a visit to the zoo from earlier this year ~ The Mural Project has two updates (last 2), one is from last night ~ Roadside Attractions has 4 new updates to the Thin Line Series, along with another 4 updates to the new companion collection of “Contenders and Tangents”
Well, isn’t it funny how some photos are planned and some are more about chance favouring the prepared mind. Friday evening there was a brief flash of interesting colour in the sky. By the time I had found a safe spot to stop the truck, the flash had gone. In another direction there was a hill I had photographed before (2017). That capture was graphically interesting, technically fine and emotionally blah. I have included it as a point of reference. The black and white capture from Friday, has more character. What do you think?
I revisited a location this morning, because I bungled the previous visit and the light was off. The light wasn’t right either when I first drove by. 1 hour later there was a window in the morning cloud that provided the contrast I was hoping for. Here is the result.
We have had some great light the past couple of days. But, I have been either working or making mistakes. I do have one from last weekend which I will revisit when the light is a little better. You may have to refresh your browser to get the correct user experience.
This post comes in 3 parts
~ The Photos
~ A short babble about cropping
~ A list of murals. If you know of other murals, please let me know and I will add to the list.
The Photos They’re numbered left to right top to bottom. Being a clever reader, you will say to yourself, why the science fiction film still? The answer is we stumbled upon it. Actually, we drove there but did not know in advance we were also scouting for a movie.
Short Babble To crop or not to crop is the question. As part of my normal post-processing workflow I may straighten or crop a photo. Except for the recent modelling work, where I have been changing the aspect ratio from 3×2 to square, I usually keep the aspect ratio to the original 3 x 2 ratio. The above photos break with that behaviour. I like the results of changing the aspect ratio to 16 x 9. I also like the way these photos have structural connections to some of my other work within the Roadside Attraction umbrella.
Artist and Mural List Listing is alphabetical by artist and formatted as follows: Last Name, First Name / Collective; Artist’s base; Location of mural; Year mural was painted; Artist’s website; number of photograph in grid above or comment. We didn’t quite get to all the locations. In other cases I have a photo that I didn’t like.
Dear Artists, Thank you!
Dan Teke, Kalum (Colouring it Forward); -; 1232 17th Avenue SW – West Wall; 2018; colouringitforward.com; (by KFC – To be Revisited)
Faith47; Cape Town, South Africa, 735 12th Ave SW Corner of 12th and 7th ave ; 2018; faith47.com ; (Fortes et Liber – To be Revisited)
Fluke (ASHOP); Montreal, QC; -; planned for 2019; ashop.ca; (-)
Green, Katie; Calgary, AB; Vistek – 10th Avenue & 12th Street – South Side; 2018; katiegreenartist.com; (7)
Jill Stanton, Jill; Edmonton, AB; 1126 17th Ave SW – East Wall; 2018; jstanton.ca; (Boots – To be Revisited);
Kevin Ledo, Kevin; Montreal, QC; 340 10 Ave SW – West Wall of Parkade; 2018; kevinledo.com; (To be Revisited)
Sometime in November, I think it was a post from Dan Jurak, I was reminded of the idea of practising photography. Practice is about learning the tools and techniques of the craft so that when the opportunity for expression arrives, there is the potential for art. In recent months I have sat on a chair looking out the front window learning some of the more unfamiliar settings on my optically enabled computer. This past week my practice was much more ambitious. On Wednesday, with the helpful assistance of Keith, for which I was ever so grateful, and a mannequin, Steve, of my own making, I spent 4 hours in a rented studio space going through a self-assigned series of lighting exercises. On Friday I worked with a model for three hours. Elora Dawn, who I found through Model Mayhem, was a professional, kind, and patient model. She was a real pleasure to work with. I was pleased with my practice.
Depending on the web site referenced, there are 4 classic set-ups, Rembrandt, loop, butterfly, and split. Broad and short lighting can be applied to the last three. I tried using them on the first and it didn’t work. In today’s and upcoming posts I will share with you with some of my practice.
Photo 1 – Establishing Shot
In Rembrandt lighting there is supposed to be a triangle of light under the eye on the shadow side. In Steve you can see that the triangle is poorly formed. The results were much better with Elora.
As always, I invite and look forward to your comments.
I have yet to share this photo from early November. On the Sean scale this is a five. It is a photo I have returned to off and on over the past month or so. I am so very pleased with it. Whether you are indifferent , love, or hate it, I would love to know. PS It looks better large.