Sanding a Silver Gelatin Print
I just sanded one of my silver gelatin prints by hand and I feel like I died a little bit inside. I could smell and see the fix and silver in the air. I stole one of my friends cheap respirators and that helped a little. I will buy my friend a new one next week. I am going to buy a ventilator next week as well. I feel filthy now and can still smell the dust on my clothes. On the upside, the...
Finished with Papers
I finished my last paper of my undergraduate career this morning. I am so happy to be done with papers until grad school. Now I just have my final exam in my art history and then all I will have to worry about in the spring is my show.
Campus was on Lockdown
The main campus of ECU was on lockdown this morning. Apparently a man carrying a rifle and wearing a cowboy hat was walking down 5th Street, which is right next to the campus. It was weird to say the least. I was stuck in my painting class for about 3 hours. At least it was with fun people. I thought the whole event was handled badly. There are megaphones on top of buildings all over campus...
Back to the Darkroom
Last night I made my first silver gelatin prints in over two years. It is like riding a bike. I knew exactly what to do when setting up and making the prints. I finally get to use my 50 sheets of Ilford Fiber Warm Tone 11” x 14” paper. I never even opened up the package from the mail two years ago because it came a day after a critique. It felt really good to be in the darkroom...
I did absolutely no work today. The painting guild’s visiting artist, Lavar Munroe, came today and did a lecture and a group critique. He is a really nice guy and his work is amazing. The lecture was really good and then a lot of us went out to dinner. It was great and not that expensive. I am just tired right now and will go to bed in a bit. The Mendenhall Painting Show reception was...
Today was a great day. I feel really good about my life and where my show is progressing. I finished the first layer of tendrils for my floor to ceiling piece this afternoon. I will post an image tomorrow. I was able to finish the day with some great chicken cheesesteak with two wonderful friends. Now here is where it gets interesting. I return to my house and find a package addressed to me....
I just made my first batch of prints for my Degradation series. I ended up doing two runs through the printer for about half of the prints. They are completely different looking from anything I have done in photography. I like the energy and lack of clarity. I don’ t know what else I will do to the images, but they will look completely different as I sand, soak, paint, draw, and write on...
I just cooked with my oven. That is a big deal for me. I do not like ovens. I feel like I am going to do something horribly wrong and then my house will burn down. Ovens can be dangerous. It is just another neurotic problem I have with cooking. I enjoy the skillet because I have to be around the food and I can see if anything goes wrong. I have more control with the skillet. Anyways I made...
Ways to Destroy Prints
I really want to soak some of the prints for a couple of hours in inky water. I want to write on them in water soluble inks that bleed when wet as well. I do want to scratch them and sand them down as well. I might try a palette knife with some thick paint or mediums. I will most likely reprint the images a second or third time. I will come up with more ideas as I make them. If anyone has...
Fun with Photography
Today might be the first day in which I had fun with my photography. I am going in a whole new direction and am just pushing myself as far as possible. My roll of film I developed was exactly what I wanted with the energy and motion conveyed. After it was dry, I damaged the film. It felt so good to step on it, sand it, and rub it against bricks. I loved the expressions of the people in the...
Hello New Followers
I just thought I would say hello to all of the new followers I have received in the past week or two. I hope you enjoy my blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I will answer them as I see fit. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
I had this sudden urge to write a new artist statement clearly defining my intentions with my show. I am pleased with how the first draft sounds and will let it change as the days progress. It is strange, but I do not feel afraid of anything right now. I want to keep feeling this way forever. Everything is going to change next week for the better.
I am in a really good mood right now. I have found a person I can talk too about what I am going through currently. She may be a professor, but I don’ t care. It is nice to just speak about things without any fears. I have a big f*ck you attitude to everything and everyone and I don’t want to lose it. I have a whole new idea for my photo senior show and am going to start bright...
A Little Bit of Relief
I feel less stressed today. I spoke with my painting professor and I feel a lot better about where I am going with my installation. I am glad I will not get an incomplete even though a third to a half of it will still be unfinished by the end of the semester. I am just going to work on my floor piece for the entire rest of the week and get it really far along. If I can get it to a great place...