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Comment by Dan Zukowski on October 11, 2014 at 1:05pm

Good morning. I just saw this group and decided to join in. I'm a landscape, nature, wildlife photographer from Los Angeles. On the commercial side, I've done editorial work and art-directed many car shoots (still and video). 

Comment by Joseph Deiss on October 18, 2013 at 6:16pm

James,

James,

A chemgram is a photographic image that's made by the action of chemicals on light sensitive materials. Most of the colors come from interaction with the silver nitrate. In tne case of a Photo/chem gram, the imagery is from both light (photogram) and chemical reactions (chemgram).


Hope that helps... joseph

Comment by Joseph Deiss on April 24, 2013 at 11:29am
It's been about nine months since I made my last comment here (and it seems that it's been about the same amount of time for any other member of this forum has had anything to say ; >)

I've downloaded fifteen images: that are part of a portfolio I've titled; "Thirteen Still-Lifes on a Steel Table, or the Alchemy of Evolution and how Life Messed up the Universe". This is my paean to Isaac Newton whom I've admired for his life-long studies into science, mathematics, alchemy, and the occult (as strange as it may seem to those of us in the 21st century that one may equate the sciences and alchemy...).

As I mentioned in an earlier post, after the demise of my favorite films and papers, I decided for independence (of a sort) and resorted to making my own paper and negatives. While I haven't achieved my goal of being an acomplished maker of collodion wet-plate negatives (such as Lewis Carroll or Carleton Watkins), after a year of experimentation, I felt I was ready to show some results, so I made my Thirteen Still-Lifes...
Comment by Joseph Deiss on August 30, 2012 at 1:12pm

 Here's a link to an interesting show at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/17/faking-it-manipulated-pho_...

I'm not sure if (many?) dislike PhotoShop because of its' ease of manipulation or not, but none-the-less, manipulation has been going on for a long time (Bill Jay's book, "Cyanide & Spirits" has some hilarious comments about the history of manipulation in photography. California purists from Carleton Watkins to Ansel Adams manipulated both negatives and prints to get a desired outcome. Physical manipulations of a print was one of the major assignments in the beginning classes at the Art Center College of Design. PhotoShop is just a step in a long process of changing reality. In fact, the mere fact of making a "straight" camera image is "changing reality as we see it..."

Comment by James MacMahon on August 23, 2012 at 9:33pm

I think I will experiment with PS. My rule in life:I Don't throw anything away, it could creep into my art. Its good to air out what concerns us as artists.

Comment by James MacMahon on August 22, 2012 at 9:04pm

I did not want to insult anyone, just wanted to bring the subject up. The digital world is here and is expanding at the speed of light. I feel like the old trying to stop the new, better and improved. I am not, do it. I would like to hear what other artists think about it.   

Comment by James MacMahon on August 21, 2012 at 10:04pm

Since no one has agreed with me about PS I will bow out. The eyes have it.

Comment by Joseph Deiss on August 20, 2012 at 8:06pm

Daugerre certainly looked askance at the "low-life" tintype. Never-the-less, I've seen some very interesting tintypes. And would Lee Miller have used digital technology (including PhotoShop) if it were available? I guess we can't answer that, but judging on what little I know of her work, I don't think she would have turned down her nose at any available technology (she did, after all, use those "miniture" 35mm cameras).

I have always thought that to be informed about other's work (as well as my own), one needs to investigate everything; including literature. And since this is a photography forum, I'd like to mention a few pieces of lirterature (both read in the far past and in the very recent past) that I think are pertinent to this discussion; all of these books, plus so many more (technical, historical, biographical, and monographs), have formed my (not so narrow, I hope) opinions about life, the universe, and everything relating to photography: Robert Adams; "Beauty in Photography", "Why People Photograph"; David Bayles & Ted Orland, Art & Fear; Bill Jay; Cyanide & Spirits", "Ocam's Razor"; Geoffrey Batchen, "Burning With Desire"; Eroll Morris, "Believing and Seeing(Observations on the Mysteries of Photography)".

All of these books (and so, so, many more) have a lot to say about the aesthetics, and as a consequence, the techniques of photography.

Whether one reaches back to the 19th century to make wet-plate collodion negatives (with all the associated explosive, toxic, and environmental ramifications) or chooses to go digital (and kill gorillas in Africa as a consequence of the use of minerals in the development of chips) is a choice that should be based on thoughtful information. What is good for one, may not be good for another...

joe

Comment by James MacMahon on August 20, 2012 at 7:34pm

Topic begins to soar.

Comment by James MacMahon on August 20, 2012 at 7:24pm

Check out Lee Miller.

 

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