A couple of weeks ago, while working around the backyard wondering what I would be working on next, I got a great phone call from the President of Multivac USA. With more than 80 subsidiaries, MULTIVAC is represented on all continents. The USA subsidiary, here in Kansas City, had just remodeled their building and they were having a grand opening with the visiting executives from the parent company in Germany. The President of the company was familiar with my work and picked 7 images showcasing Kansas City. The prints are mounted on wood and coated with encaustic wax. They looked great in the new space!
This is the beginning of a new series of images called "Drive By".
Recently, I went on a photo trip with my friend David Fox in Arizona. We spent 3 days driving around the southern part of Arizona. I got to be the passenger for a change, so I was able to really concentrate on shooting out the window. We had specific destinations on the trip, and we also stopped many times along the road, but there was a lot of time spent driving from place to place. So I took advantage of being the passenger and shot close to 2500 shots from a moving car! I look at this kind of shooting as if they are sketches to be expanded upon.
This image came from layering two shots and flipping a third shot. My intention is to convey the experience we have all had looking out the window of a speeding car as the scenery becomes a blur wondering what we are missing as we drive by. It has always made me crazy not to be able to stop every time I see something that catches my eye, so for me, this type of photography is the next best thing.
Here's my latest. What drew me to work with this image was the tree that looked like it had arms.
You might remember me talking about my working method, "Jen Tak" Czech for it just happens. Well, the above image is a perfect example. Last night I started working on this image. Below.
I had worked on this image before and I thought I'd finish it up. I started looking for another image to layer with this one and I decided to use another image that I had already completed. Below
I layered the above two images together and made it a square image. I spent a couple of hours trying to refine it, and I ended up with this version. Below
I was quite happy with this image, so I saved the image and then started doing closeup crops of the image which I thought were really nice. I saved them to Lightroom and as I went to have a look at them, I saw this on my Lightroom screen. Below
The two vertical crops looked interesting together even though they are reversed. So I opened them both up and put them together, reversed, and that ended up being my favorite. At least for now.
Tonight on the way home from picking up dinner with a friend, we pulled into the SMN high school parking lot to get a good view of the storm clouds. Here is my interpretation using my iPhone and the "Slow Shutter" app. I've also layered it with a second shot of the same storm clouds. The glow in the upper left is from a street lamp.
My images seem to be getting lighter and lighter. I've always been told that my work was a little on the dark side! So with this new work, I'm heading the opposite direction, at least most of the time. The approach that I take with my photography is "Jen Tak" Czech for "it just happens." Photograph everything that interests you whether the lighting is right or not. Use the camera as a sketchbook and then turn these sketches into something that moves you.
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Sometimes it's best to keep the layering to a minimum. This image started as a many layered image, but after several versions of taking layer after layer off, I ended up with this rather simple image. I'm done for now, but who knows?
Here is a B&W shot for a change of pace.
A continuation of my Altered Landscapes series. I've started making prints of this series, they look great!!!
Today's image. Again it is from our road trip thru the Smokey Mountains. Can't wait to start making large prints from this collection.
My latest "Southern Image" came to being from 4 separate images. I love starting on an image when I have no idea how it will end up. I work it until it feels right. This image I plan on printing 36"x36" with encaustic wax as a coating. The great thing about these ICM image creations is that sometimes you can discover several images within the image. I'm sure I will print these images as well.
I finished a new piece today! I decided to bring it up to the house to see how it looked, and the front door was locked! Damn, that meant I had to walk all the way back down and then up the stairs. As I walked away, I turned around to make sure it wasn't going to fall over, and wow! I had to take a shot of this. How cool! I hope some of the neighbors saw it.
It is a 36"x60" image with encaustic wax. If you are interested in this piece, let me know. If I don't sell it, it will probably go in our bedroom over the bed! Photos to come!
Tonights image is again from our trip to South Carolina to visit family. My dad was Professor of Art Emeritus at Clemson University for many years and continues painting most every day when possible. On this trip, I also photographed many of his paintings for his new website. Here is a link to his website. As I was working on this image and on my 3rd layer of trees, it occurred to me that I should add one of his tree paintings as a layer. I'm really happy about how it turned out, and it is pretty cool to create a piece with the influence of my dad's work. Next I will have to try the same technique with one of my mom's great landscape paintings.
This image began as an ICM shot of a power plant. After a few adjustment layers and additional image layers, I began to see figures. So, It only made sense to add a city to the image. I may post other versions along the way to the final.
Another image that I made from our trip to South Carolina. This is one of many shots I made while driving. I play it safe and don't look thru the camera, just point it out the window when I see an interesting landscape. The fun happens when I'm back in the studio!
Intentional Camer Movement with a single layered file and lots of layer adjustments.
A few images put together to begin a series of mysterious "Dreamscapes". "Art Without Emotion is Decoration".
Another multi shot ICM (intentional camera movement) image from our trip down south. On the way back, we drove thru a rain storm and I was able to capture quite a few interesting shots out the car window.
1. The challenge is to pick at least 3 images. Foreground, middleground and background and to create something emotional and new. Don't quit until you are successful!
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What to do when it feels like you are repeating yourself so often? For me, I go out and shoot random ICM photos (intentional camera movement) and then back in the studio, I will start layering various images to see what I can create. I make a goal to not stop until I've created something that I am happy with. The image above is a good example of this technique.
1. I started with this image because of it's simplicity.
2. The next layer is with vertical motion of some trees. Nothing special on it's own, but will create a nice texture and movement.
3. The next image was chosen for texture.
4. The final image was chosen for the contour of the hills and the spiky trees.
5. And incase you are interested, here are screenshots of the layers and how they were set.
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Another image created from our road trip to the South. This was along the Ocoee river in Tennesssee, which winds it's way through the southern Appalachian Mountains.