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Jody Ake uses a historic photographic technique called wet collodion process.

 

From his website :

“Invented in 1851, the method entails coating a glass plate with collodion
and exposing the plate while it is still wet. The end result are ambrotypes,
appearing on glass in the form of a negative until backed by
black velvet, thus rendering the positive image.”

 

I think these are stunning. I am happy to see people keeping these historic techniques alive in the age of digital. What do you think?

starn twins

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I am fascinated by the Starn twins. They are twin artists who have worked together for over 20 years. I love their aesthetic but I think it is the fact that they are twins that makes them so intriguing. M is a twin and he and his twin couldn’t be more different if they tried. I can’t imagine them collaborating on anything, let alone work this beautiful. The above images are from one of my favorite of their series, Attracted to Light.

old work

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I am slowly starting to get back into an art practice. This involves getting up at 3am so it is slow going. (Imagine that!) It has been a challenge to fit it in with work and family. It’s not that I haven’t made anything, it’s just that it has been sporadic at best and there is no cohesion.

I hope to have some works in progress to post in the near future. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some old work (from when I was a relatively productive artist). I hope you enjoy.

*Excuse the scans. I didn’t realize how dusty my scanner is.

the architect’s brother

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Robert and Shana Parkeharrisonmake some hauntingly beautiful and erie photographs.  Robert stars in the photos as “Everyman”.  They only produce about 10 a year, because from conception to execution, they are so time consuming to make.  These images are hand crafted.  Remember the darkroom?  They build and photograph the sets and make paper negatives from collages of these photographs.  They add paint and beeswax to the finished prints.   They also make photogravures.  I love this sort of elaborately staged photography.  It combines elements of sculpture and theatre.

Until recently, I was only familiar with the Architect’s Brother Series.  It seems they are now working in color.  I don’t know much about this new color work.  They are C prints, but I am not sure if they digitally altered or not.  I was shocked to come across pieces in which Everyman was not present.  A woman appeared in a few of the images.   The sets are less elaborate in the color work, but it is an interesting departure.  

Here is some of their color work.

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I would love to know more about their new process and if it has changed much. 

See more here and here.  Buy their book here.