If you were a bug sitting under a mushroom… I saw this huge fungi last night walking my dog, and had to go home and grab my camera. I used a speedlight on the top to pop light through the cap and an extension tub to get really love and alter my focus. I’m quite pleased with the minimalism it created.
I need to start by saying I didn’t paint these, but they are (were) my rabbits. I recently commissioned a painting to be done of Pumpkin (bottom), who passed away at the end of 2020. It just came in the mail and, I didn’t think it was possible to portray her in paint, but artist Maria nailed it once again… I didn’t feel much until I held it up next to Patches (top) our other bunny who passed a year earlier – then I got pretty choked up.
Below is Maria’s website and Instagram. If you have a pet that is or was close to your heart, I highly recommend her pet portraits.
I have a love / hate relationship with spiders. Like most humans, they creep me the hell out, but most of them are harmless. I’ve seen a lot of strange bugs living up North, but down here things are just different. Look at this thing! This Golden Orb Weaver spider was still fairly small, just about 2 or 3 inches, but I have seen some that are like 6 inches long. They still make me shiver, but I love finding them and watching them move.
I’m on a mission to downsize, get rid of old junk, but the problem is – I am not very good at it. I am doing a lot better though. I got rid of a lot of stuff today (from electronics to books) but here is what I just couldn’t part with:
1. Nintendo GameBoy with Zelda and Mario 2.
2. Atari Pac Man cartridge.
3. Installation CDs of Quake 1 and 2.
4. An old floppy disk drive. (why?)
5. Cassette tapes of my band in high school and more.
6. A ball from an old mouse that used a ball. (wtf?)
7. A USB drive shaped like a fish.
8. A copy of Photoshop CS6 signed by Adobe.
The Forth of July on Folly Beach, SC… I ventured out to the edge of the sand to make a few long exposures while the Morris Island Lighthouse was lit. Got a few nice images, but what was even more magical was driving home and seeing huge fireworks going off literally all over the place. Charleston does it right!
This photograph is so simple, and yet it has such a strong emotional energy. Sometimes it’s those images that capture my eye more than the fancy, planned out, and complex ones. I guess this is why I enjoy abstract painting over some photorealistic scene of a mountain – it allows more room for my own mind. These are the kinds of images I want to see on the wall. Ones that allow me to be a part of them.
It was a great night to take a little boat ride around the Charleston Harbor. I knew I wanted to get a good sunset shot near the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, but the sky was empty and boring. Luckily, the timing was just right to frame off the sun under the bridge. Photographers who have been in the field for a long time, like myself, usually laugh at sunset pictures. So basic. Well, not me. I could photograph the sunset every day until I die and never get bored.
This is one of those blog posts that has absolutely nothing to do with art. Maybe I could say life is art, or some poor excuse. Anyway, tonight we stopped in a bar that has a bunch cats. Pounce, in downtown Charleston, is an awesome little beer and wine bar that has a room full of furry friends that are up for adoption. You can snuggle or play – but you have to try your best not to take one home with you!
Some projects take me years to complete. This is one of those. In fact, I have not made a new image in this series for over 5 years. I was recently contacted to have a new one commissioned. This may not look like the most impressive photograph of a sunflower, but sometimes art is about the concept.
I call it an “Ash Print” – I photograph a piece of nature, burn it, collect the ashes, then filter water through the ashes until I make ink. I then put it in an empty inkjet printer cartridge and pass the image through dozens of times to build up density. The final product is imperfect. It breaks the idea of photography being a reproducible artform. There is only one, then the ashes are gone… Life, death, rebirth.
In Charleston, we tend to get periods with a lot of rain, or pop up storms. Every day is basically 75 to 95 and 50% chance of showers. I just got a new lens and have been a little limited because of the rain, but then I notices all these little drops sticking to various plants. The new lens, a fujifilm 55-200mm, creates a really nice shallow depth of field when zoomed in. I think I’m going to enjoy this lens.