Flickr member taro kunugi posted this great shot of a crushed can that used to contain coffee. We noticed coffee in cans from vending machines twenty years ago when we were in Japan.
This shot reminds me of the work of Irving Penn: large format prints of half-smoked cigarettes he found on the ground.
Pershing Square Cafe, across the street from Grand Central Station.
We took a quick trip into New York to see the Degas Monoprint show at MoMA which is ending this weekend. If you’re within striking distance, this show is highly recommended.
Degas was one of the first artists to really let out all the stops on multiple types of manipulation(s) to a print after it comes off the press. A single etching comes off, then he draws on it and it’s a one of a kind. That’s what a mono print is all about.
The show is incredible, well worth seeing.
I had planned to see this show earlier in the summer but as many of you know, my mother passed away and we got busy with all that that kind of event brings (burial, dealing with her house, belongings, and “estate”).
We came back from Los Angeles just in time to catch this show and both Anne and I loved it.
So, this high contrast Ricoh GR shot of a glass of water at dinner last night is my reference marker for Degas’ amazing mono prints.
The show catalog is up on Amazon ($5 cheaper than it was at MoMA) and while I don’t think it’s anywhere near what the show was, it might be worth checking out if you’re into this kind of printmaking.
Anyone who shoots high contrast images with the Ricoh GR needs to see this work for sure. It pre-dates the current crop of high contrast work by 150 years and Degas was a master of moving composition (he’s famous for his ballet dancers but he drew all kinds of people doing all kinds of things).
My flickr contact James Meeks took a picture of this cast iron drain framed in granite and asphalt with his Ricoh GR II in Maine.
Flickr member François R. Caron took this terrific shot of a fluorescent bulb with his Fuji X70.
I really like the way this is framed, exposed, and processed. Brilliant.
My flickr contact Markus Busch has made the simple into the sublime (again) with his Leica M Monochrom and a Leica 50mm f/1.4 lens. The bokeh is incredible in this image as it is in many of his images shot with large apertures.
Flickr member 幾小爬 has posted a wonderful abstract of upside down glass goblets taken with a Ricoh GRD III.
Flickr member Adolfo Rozenfeld posted this great image of a glass and its shadow.
When I was an undergraduate doing my BFA in ceramics at (1973-1975) the University of Oregon, Ken O’Connell was just starting to teach basic design and I took many of his classes and we became friends. By the time I came back to the U of O to do my MFA (1979-1980) Ken was dug in as a member of the faculty and was on my MFA committee.
As he says in the video, he’s high energy and his ideas are all over the place (like mine). I’ve never gone on one of his sketching expeditions (mostly to Italy) because unlike Ken, I use a camera as a pen, but it might be fun to go with him sometime and do both: sketching and photographing.
One thing we have in common is our fascination with everyday objects. Ken draws things as mundane as a pastry and I photograph objects as mundane as what’s in my pocket (from time to time).
Warren, Connecticut. Great dinner with friends. The room was pretty dark and just a few candles were lighting the table and the light on Anne’s plate was inviting me to try out the S100 in low light.
flickr user sarcoptiform has a wonderful collection of everyday objects. The above set of take out beverage lids is one example, here’s the whole set: Tea Tags, Etc.