Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

STEPPING OUT

April 11, 2009

img_1705I had a much needed day off last Sunday and spent the day with the boy in Napa county. Though world class wines beckoned, we spent our time rambling up Mt. St. Helena, counting spring wild flowers, chasing shadows, strolling down main streets and soaking in mineral pools. It was a spectacular spring day and an even more pleasant spring evening. The moon was our constant companion.

SHUTTER STEPS

April 4, 2009

I’m finally moving forward with photography musings which have festered in my mind for ages. I adore taking photographs and I have a very specific aesthetic. I understand camera mechanics (I took photography classes in college) but get overwhelmed whenever I delve into the world of professional photographer forums. The gear talk becomes paralyzing and my ambition/confidence level plummets.

San Francisco cafes and shops are full of local artwork and damn-it, I feel like my work is just as good.  So what if I still have a lot to learn?  So, in the past week I have taken these steps:

1) I compiled a portfolio/book of some of my best, most focused work entitled “elements”. It’s nothing special– I made it with the iphoto software– but it’s currently being printed and I should have it at my disposal next week. I may have to tweak color levels on the photos once I see how they look printed vs. on screen, but hopefully I’ll have a portfolio to refer to soon.

2) I enrolled in SF city college. They have photography classes each semester for dirt cheap and I’m gonna finally start taking some– in the fall semester, schedule permitting.

3) Last night I completed a photo mounting/display project I’ve been fantasizing about for about a week. I’ve always wondered how to display my photos–I’ve wanted something unique and outside the norm of black frame, white matte.

wax, glue, and acrylics

wax, glue, and acrylics

I stumbled upon encaustic wax paintings recently and imagined how interesting it might be to mount my images on wood and then cover them in a layer of wax paint. My sweetness brought home scrap wood from his work (building wooden boats) and I used 2 pieces for the experiment. I don’t have many of my images printed, but was able to use 2 prints I already had at home which were a bit mis-colored, but usable.

FIRST: I cut the prints down to a size that would work for the scrap wood. Eventually, I will cut the wood down to the size for the prints, sand the wood down, and drill mounting holes in the back.

SECOND: I painted the edges of the wood in white or black (depending on the image to be mounted).

THIRD: I glued the images to the wood. stone-project

FOURTH: I applied the wax substance to the pictures. They are currently drying– it takes about 2 days for the wax to set.

I’m super happy with the results, but need to tweak a few things. You can’t tell in these images, but the wax makes the photographs look like paintings b/c they have dimension on the surface and streaks of wax. So it’s a good start…

trial run:  the wood will be custom cut next time

trial run: the wood will be custom cut next time

BITS AND BOBS

January 16, 2009
cloud photo installation

cloud photo installation

The cloud installation (above) hangs in my kitchen, above the sink. I photographed the clouds on a trip to Vermont during 2006. The images are mounted on foam core.

my *precious

my *precious

This is the tiny, wooden dish where my rings rest at the end of a busy day on my hand. The handmade ring to the right was bought for me by Seth at an outdoor market on our recent trip to Sydney, Australia. I rarely make quick decisions, but this was the fastest purchase I’ve ever made. I loved it, we bought it. The ring in the middle is my perfect, new engagement ring. The photo does not do justice to the river carved through the middle of the silver ring by a local San Francisco artist, with a beautiful Canadian, fair trade diamond inset. And to the left is a teeny little snail shell…just because it’s cute.

beach glass mobile, homemade by frutz

beach glass mobile, homemade by frutz

I made this beach glass mobile about a year ago after a visit to the wild Lost Coast in Northern California and Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, CA. I wish the photo better captured how sweet and whimsical this little baby is as it catches the light. It hangs over my bed.
baja, mendocino, joshua tree, baja

baja, mendocino, joshua tree, baja

The photos (above) are mounted on foam core and are hung vertically in my kitchen using cooking string. From top to bottom: Sea Star – trip to Baja 2003, Flower – Mendocino Coast, Seth – Joshua Tree, Beach Sand – Baja 2003.