You are the universe experiencing itself.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Timelines pt.1

Here are some timelines from my first year at SFAI.

Bay water surface. 2013

waves on a beach in Kauai. 2014 

Tree grove in Presidio. 2013 

Courtyard in Fort Point. 2014

These are the best ones that represent only a small portion of the huge number of rolls that I shot. Most of the time nothing is resolved onto the film, it tends to just turn into nothing but blurred, indiscernible streaks. About 1 in 3 actually comes up with enough detail for me to recognize the shot, and then maybe 1 out of 3 of those is good enough to work with. So that means out of 9 or 10 rolls I can expect one good one, but thankfully I load my own cassettes with lengths shorter than your normal 24 exposure roll. Even still, I think I get about 40 rolls out of every 100 foot bulk roll of 35mm.

I think more recently I've been able to improve my technique a bit to get better ratios, but I think I'm going to start loading my film even shorter for now on. Also, I've once again tried working with color, both positive and negative, and this time I've had much better results than before. I think my best results came from some expired Provia 400, but Ektachrome 100 also seems to work well. The only problem is that no color film of any kind is sold in 100ft bulk rolls anymore. Which is incredibly frustrating, I don't think any color film is even available as 24 exp versus 36, which is absurdly long for the rewinding even with the motor (and by hand it just straight up sucks). I was lucky with the Provia 400 because it was expired when I bought it a while ago back in Reno, and it was a 100ft roll. So I guess now I have to start trolling eBay for unused and expired bulk color 35mm.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Business Cards

This past week I had the chance to make some new business cards using a photo-polymer plate on a Vandercook letterpress. They have my updated web address on them.

Also, it has come to my attention that for some reason my old website address is not actually forwarding to the new one, which I'm trying to fix, but if you are reading this it shouldn't matter to you anyway.

New work updates to come.

Update: forwarding issue resolved. will redirect to the new url until it expires on April 19, 2015.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Website Updating

I am beginning to get the itch to finally start updating my website. It will probably be a long process over the course of my last year at SFAI in preparation for that great big final show known around here as vernissage. Of course this happens while I have only a million other things I am trying to get done in the next few months.

The big change right now is a new domain name:
I did this because I no longer wanted it to be defined strictly by "photography". This way makes it more open ended, even if I still do mostly photo based work. I also feel like owning the domain of my name is more valuable an investment. Who knows how much longer it would have remained available?

For the time being the old domain will still reman active ( it will just redirect you to the new domain with the same site.

That is all for now. I have not yet added any new work.

(and I know I need to fix the timelines viewing)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Self Publishing a Book

A couple weeks ago I finished the first proof of the book I am making. It was a project for a class this semester but I plan to make a full edition eventually (maybe over this summer). The entire book is printed and bound by myself. The title is Space | Time.

Here are a few quick photos of the finished proof:

The front cover with a dark navy cloth. Future copies will likely use a different bookcloth that is a brighter blue and more delicate texture.

Title page.

Inside layout. I made an earlier post here with the images and text as it appears in the book.

A short essay I wrote about the project is at the back of the book. (I am aware of an error which is now fixed for future prints)

I also made a slip case for this proof copy using a different bookcloth, which I might use for later copies. And if I make slipcases for the forthcoming edition it might be in the darker cloth that is currently on the book; they would also have some sort of cover label (similar to the inset letters on the book cover).

Here is slipcase with the book inside.

My goal is to try to publish an edition of 10 over the summer which I would make available for sale. There is also a strong likelihood that I will publish a version through blurb or some similar online service so that there is a cheaper alternative to the limited hand-bound copies.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Space | Time

"We come spinning out of nothingness,
scattering stars like dust."
– Jalal ad-Din Rumi

we are still spinning

and the stars are still scattering

but we are watching the sky 

curiosity turns into obsession 

but fascination never subsides 

night after long dark night 

we collect and preserve ancient light 

light that has been travelling for millions of years 

swirls in the sky above us

and we keep watching 

captivated by the beauty of chaos 

but it is easy to forget 

we are still spinning

and we are listening

as we are constantly reminded

of what we come from 

so we keep watching  

as we keep spinning

Sunday, March 2, 2014

M42 Orion Nebula

Last night the storm cleared up enough for me to get this shot of M42. This is by far the best image I have made from my telescope thus far, but still learned a few things in the post processing (more dark frames!)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Some New Work in Progress

Here are some photographs I took at the Lick Observatory last week for a book project. It was distressing to learn that UCO announced their intention of cutting all funding by 2018 and greatly changed how I was thinking about this book.

This is the Shane telescope. It is a reflector and the primary mirror is 3 meters in diameter. It is the most powerful telescope on Mt Hamilton and the work-horse for most research.  It was used in collaboration with the Apollo missions for the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment to precisely measure the distance between the Earth and the moon, by aiming a powerful laser at a retroreflective panel placed on the lunar surface by Apollo 11

This is the dome housing the Automatic Planet Finder (APF). This is the newest telescope on Mt Hamilton and is a fully automated 2.4 meter robotic telescope designed to detect rocky planets orbiting distant stars with the goal of finding planets like Earth that may support life.