Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Virtues of Ambiguity

Some images are too easy.  Once you have seen them you have discovered all there is to see.  This may be OK in that the image brings you joy every time you look at it.  However, I have discovered that I like images that I don't quite understand.  Every time I look at them they present an opportunity for reinterpretation.  They are not always pretty.

What has amazed me is that some of the simplest images sometime retain this quality for me.  Good examples would be Edward Weston's "Shell #1" and "Pepper #30."  No two images could be simpler, yet for me, they are images that hold infinite fascination.

In the end, it's a personal journey.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Japanese Paper

 Japanese Paper

One of the great joys of digital printing is the choices of papers that we currently have.

I frequently get asked about the papers I use for printing. I tell folks what they want to know but also tell them that if they are satisfied with what they are currently using they should not change.  The great paper chase may never end.

That said, I recently came across a paper called Niyodo, made in Japan, which is wonderful for the right images.  I get it from Hiromi in California.  The paper was recommended to me by my good friend and fabulous photographer, Ellen Martin.

The image above was printed on the Niyodo paper. I chose to show a picture of it hanging on the wall because there is no good way to show the delicacy of this paper in a straight copy.  I tore the  edges and mounted it to the substrate with rice paste.