I have two different exhibitions going on in the next few months here in Glens Falls, both of which I am proud of and excited for. Â I will be installing my first show, “Everywhere I Go, Someone Is There,” at the SecondÂ FloorÂ Gallery in Glens Falls, NY Â on May 27, 2012. Â It will be hanging from May 28th Â – June 29th Â with a reception on June 21st from 6-8 p.m. inÂ conjunctionÂ with the Glens Falls Art Walk. I have been working really hard and Â am super excited to present the group of images I have.
The second show I will be installing is hosted by Bev Saunders of The Shirt Factory inÂ GlensÂ Falls, NY. This installation, “Community Unseen”, will be another batch of different images all related to theÂ peopleÂ of Glens Falls and will be Â installed on August 18,2012. The installation will be on display from Aug 19 – September 30, with a reception on August 25th. As with “Everywhere I Go,Â SomeoneÂ Is There,” I amÂ extremelyÂ excited to present “Community Unseen.” Both these shows are jam packed with imagery that is dear to me and I can’t wait to share them!
You know what kind of work I like to shoot and if you come to these shows you will see it in person and also see how i like to present my work.
Hope to see a lot of people there!
http://www.northcountryartscenter.org/second-floor-gallery-at-city-hall.htmlÂ – Second Floor Gallery
http://shirtfactorygf.com/Â – The Shirt Factory
http://www.bjsartworks.com/Â – Bev Saunders
I haveÂ uploadedÂ a few more photographs. 1 in the 2009 folder Â as well as 3 new photographs in the 2012 folder. In the 2012 folder you can see an example of a pin hole photograph that I explained Â last week or so. It’s and interesting looking technique and has plenty of room for experimenting. I have been doing test runs myself andÂ althoughÂ I am not exactly where I want to be with it yet IÂ thoughtÂ that this one came out pretty interesting.
Another thing you may notice about one of my new images is that it is slightly out of focus. Well I did that on purpose and it is called a soft focus. Â Sometimes I see a moment and I feel like it would be a little better and more interesting if it was slightly out of focus. Â What is interesting and fun about soft focus is that if you do it just so, the printed image from a distance looks in focus but as you get closer and closer you canÂ realizeÂ it’s out of focus. This is another fun and easy technique that is done in camera and will open doors forÂ experimentation. The hardest part is seeing a moment that can beÂ enhancedÂ with this technique and after that Â all you do if focus your image properly and then slightly rotate your focus Â so it’s a little off and then voila, art is created!
Enjoy this little technique…it can be uber fun!
Last time I posted I gave some pointers on creating old film style techniques in camera with the new DSLRs. I explained ways to create pin hole imagery and color filtered imagery in camera. Â Here are a few examples of those techniques.
The Â image on the left I took with the pin holeÂ technique and the image on the right I took using a red filter like I explained. I used the red filter over the on camera flash. You canÂ createÂ different effects with the filters depending on how much of that translucent colored paper you use, as well asÂ usingÂ it over the actually lens instead of the flash.
Now go out and experiment and create somethingÂ amazing!
I just wanted to post saying that I have posted some new photographs. There are ten new images, one in the new twoÂ thousandÂ twelve folder, seven in the two thousand eleven folder and four in the two thousand nine folder. I have somemore images that I want to post but am holding on to. I have two new solo exhibitions going up this summer. One at theÂ SecondÂ Floor Gallery in Glens Falls NY from June to July and a second one going up at The Shirt Factory at Ben Saunders Studio, also in Glens Falls NY, Â from August 18 – September 30. I am super excited and am working diligently to get these shows together and have enough work to not recycle any imagery.
In other news, I have been toying with oldÂ techniquesÂ in a new way Â to create some cool imagery. Being that I can quite ford to shot on film, even though I rather would, I try to be very minimal in post production and try to stick to creating an image in camera. So to get some cool effects in camera I have rigged up some things. I have been toying with pin hole photography as well as tinting images through the camera.
For pin hole all I did was drill a small hole in my lens cap. In doing so you have to make sure to center the hole and make it smooth so your imageÂ doesn’tÂ have an odd shape. Pin hole will create a solid black frame around a small image that you have focused on. It may take a little while to get used to shooting Â pin holeÂ causeÂ the lighting needs to well equipped to capture an image properly. However there is tons of room and potential for experimentation.
The images tinting took a little more thought but not much. I decided I wanted to tint images red so I went out and bought transparent, red tintedÂ wrappingÂ paper. Â With this you can cut aÂ pieceÂ and fold it up or cut a few pieces and put them together and tap them to your on camera flash or even the lens and create a natural tint without messing withÂ PhotoshopÂ filters. It gives the images a rawer feel. You will have to mess with the pieces and theÂ lightingÂ to figure out how red, or whatever color you use, Â you want your images but the playing field if blown wide open withÂ possibilities.
I hope someone finds this useful and good luck with creating amazing art!
Until next time,
– Philip J.
I have posted some self portraits from last year in the two thousand eleven folder. There are a few that I was a little iffy about posting but I did anyway. I like them so I hope you will too. Since it has been getting colder and colder I have spent less time out shooting and more time in sketching, drawing, and painting. I have some work that I am debating on putting up here soon. So stay tuned.
In other news I have landed an assisting job with photographer Catherine Wink, who has done some amazing things. She took a little hiatus to be a mom, but she is back on the horse and is in full gear. I am happy to be involved with her and excited to do some new things. Hopefully things will work out great!
I also mailed a letter to skateboard clothing Â juggernautÂ Altamont a few weeks back thanking them for their inspiration in the art world. They sponsor some amazing artisits, some of which have inspired my work. Well whats really awesome is that they responded to my letter and sent me some free gear. So I wrote them a thank you note with a few small paintings and who knows maybe they will like them and maybe that can be a start to something.
Well heres to twenty-twelve…a year of endless possibilities!!
– Philip J.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
With the start of the new year I posted four new images from 2011. They probably wont be the last of my imagery from 2011 that gets posted but Â I canÂ defiantlyÂ say that I am eager to get some new imagery in 2012. I hope to capture some amazing new people and moments toÂ postÂ and share with you as you comes across my site.
I hope you all had an amazing holiday season and a safe new years.
too great and unpredictable moments in the future 2012!!!