Sunday, June 18, 2017


All done but the roll film.

Shadow crossing the San Juan River near Bluff.

Coffee, 99 cents.

Coffee, 99 Cents.

Auto in Arroyo, Cuba, NM.

Self Portrait at Shiprock.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Freeing a shape from a wall of stone.

  From just two sites on Comb Ridge: Procession Panel and Monarch Cave Ruin.  Figuring out where to start and stop an image -and what shape you are trying to free.  Plus the technical/contrast problems.  It's a lot of flaming cat juggling.

5X7 and FP4 pushed a little more contrast in Pyrocat.  My second attempt at this.  Two trips...not two pieces of film.

There will be some spotting.  Seems like there are always a lot of little white dots and spots that jangle the eye.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The seam between Heaven and Hell.

  Carrying the 5X7 and a little 6X9 Fuji wide angle baby cam.  Shooting FP4 in both.  Minimal filtration.  Stayed at the only place one should stay..Recapture Lodge in Bluff.  Always interesting people in the map room at breakfast.

Shadow draped over West Hill at Shiprock.

The world going round and round in Butler Wash.

The Wolfman.

Target House.

Hard to ignore those seams and shadows.

Cindy at Ballroom Cave.

Making light out of darkness inside Ballroom Cave Ruin.

Gooseneck State Park.

KayAnne McKinney at Progression Panel.

I climbed back to Progression Panel to reshoot two details.

The seam between Heaven and Earth on the San Juan.

Desert Shapes.  Haven't touched any film yet.  These are just my iPhone blockings.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Photos over at Blackfork Blog...

Well, heck.  Usually the shooting rifles is over there and the cameras over here...but I got a little excited this morning after being out of town for a week and posted on the wrong blog.

There's the link.

Billboards, Bluff.  Snakes...

  Go take a look.  A little gun smoke won't hurt you.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Framing for a little piece of a show.

  Show you pay to get in....or group shows are barely worth the trouble.  As a favor to a local artist who is curating a show in a space I agreed to  put in a couple of images.  Tornado of Bones and Puzzle Tornado are going somewhere downtown.

As soon as I print anything in my 8X10 enlarger I'm going to look at these in 16X20.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Brick Street Anthology.

General gallery shots.  50 print show, all film and darkroom prints.  Closing May 14.  Really good attendance.  51 just today, which is very nice for a Friday.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Garden Club, radio, then lecture on Sunday

  Will be at the Tyler Art Museum talking to the Garden Club on Friday at 10:00 AM.  If you are in the garden club, be there.  If you aren't in the garden club by now....tough.

  Will be on the radio, KTBB FM 97.5 at 8:00 Saturday morning.  I think they stream online.  Anyone listening will Understand It All by the time I'm done.

Neita Fran and Cindy, the hosts of Art Connection of East Texas on KTBB.

  Lecture for Tyler Museum of Art on Sunday at 2:30, across from the Art Museum next to Wagstaff Gymnasium.  Likewise, this will be a transformative event with light refreshments.

After this however, you are on your own for a bit.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Edition printing.

  Aiming for 10-12 16X20 prints of this 1998 negative of a Moonset on a cold November morning at Shiprock.  Plenty of Ilford Multigrade Warmtone paper.  I know the negative...sounds easy.  Just a mornings work.

  Using a Zone VI Type II enlarger with a Modern Enlarger Lamp LED head.  The six LEDs in the lamp head are Cree XL warm tone lights.  Using an old LEKTRA timer.  Exposure is 45X2 at F16.  Dektol 1:1 with some extra Hydroquinone to boost contrast.

  Warmed up the previous days with roll film negatives from several print orders.  Printing in a stretch of days, not just one day, improves my printing.

  Print orders from the 50 images currently hanging at the Tyler Museum of Art.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Darkroom proofing

Struggling with enlarger illumination, plus the normal life flaming cat-juggling.  Nice to get into darkroom to process film from Utah and start looking at a few proofs.  I split the film in half, since I shot doubles of everything, processing one and saving the other for adjustment.  So far, nothing much to adjust.

 South Dike at Shiprock..  I've shot from this spot for years.  Probably could make a show of just South Dike.  Slept up here a couple of times to catch dawn light.

Later lower shot.

A view of the West Dike from the same spot.  All 5X7 and HP5/Pyrocat.  No filters.

Moonset the afternoon before with the shadow.  No filter.

Light in the desert.

Interiors at River House.  I see interiors, and love the light, but not sure of the way I am handling them.

Near Santa Rosa, New Mexico on the way in from Texas.  When I saw this, I felt like it was going to be an interesting trip.  The artists prayer:  Just let me see the next thing.

Always looking for addition to the Blackfork Bestiary.  These are some wasps that built a nest inside the studio screen door.  It started with one little wasp, when it grew to five I had to move them.  I think the colony is still alive and building this Spring.