Environmental Statement

The environmental impact of human activity is argued, measured and documented, yet its effects are also plainly revealed in everyday imagery. This photograph of a dock in downtown Seattle is interesting in that the elements in the uppermost portion of the photograph – a metal ladder and pier pilings – are easily recognizable.  At the […]

Artwork is Exhibited January 2017

Bulwark and Pathlight are dual 20″x20″ (25″x25″ framed) pigment prints which will be on exhibit at Huntington Beach’s Art Center show, Center on the Center from January 28-March 6, 2017. Bulwark is a visual statement about human attempts to master the natural world.  For this image the ocean and sky demanded prominence, relegating the Huntington […]

Assembling elements for a new composition.

This personal project was started as a means to illustrate a “frame within a frame” as a strong compositional element.  I liked the infrared image in the center and wanted to somehow frame it in a way that the frame related to the subject matter. To accomplish this I collected several dead leaves and placed […]

Rush Hour Tokyo

Tokyo has more foot traffic per square inch of sidewalk than virtually any other metropolitan area I’ve ever visited.  It’s astounding that 13 million residents – plus untold visitors – can transport themselves with such efficiency and purpose, even in the rain.  The image above was taken during a busy afternoon commute; the horizontal lines […]

Art Installation at the San Francisco Zoo

This photograph of an African Elephant was taken on Safari in Tanzania, and was selected for permanent display by the San Francisco Zoo. Rather than a traditional matted print, photographer Lawrence Crandall chose an unconventional approach using natural bamboo and raffia. The print is giclee canvas and measures 24″ x 36″.

Postscript Variations

In a previous post, I described the process of “deconstructing” a digital photograph into it’s native digital language, postscript. This is accomplished by opening the image in a simple word program (such as Notepad on a PC), which will reveal hundreds of pages of alien-looking characters you’ll never find on a standard keyboard. I enjoy […]

Postscript Mashup to Create New Images

Most of us never stop to think about the “1’s and 0’s” that form the binary language behind all computer processing, just as we don’t contemplate the atoms and molecules that make up our bodies. In the same way, most every graphic we view online has a language called Postscript, which started becoming universal in the 1980’s. Postscript is the basis for which nearly every printing device is able to “deconstruct” or RIP a visual photograph into printer driver language, so that all those raster pixels can be converted onto the printed page using Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black ink (or some variation).

One day I took a Jpg image, and opened the Postscript data in notepad. Surprisingly, a tiny (95k) jpg image file yielded almost 700 pages of Postscript data! In case you haven’t seen it, Postscript looks nothing like the characters of a keyboard. I was intrigued at viewing a jpg image in this way. Images and Photoshop are quite familiar to me, but viewing this version in what looked like an alien language made me want to “reconstruct” a portion of the same image, using Postscript as the subject.

Panoramic Composite from 15 Originals

This 180 degree panoramic image of the Arno River in Florence, Italy was taken without a tripod and was composited from 15 separate shots.  The camera was placed on a railing and the series of shots was made as I pivoted the camera around its tripod axis (under the lens). There were three images taken in each of five positions.  I ended up with five HDR (High Dynamic Range) images which I stitched together in Photoshop to create the single panoramic.  The original is approximately 60″ in length and has remarkable detail – and a much higher resolution than I would have gotten if I had been able to take the image with a single shot. I think most of us tend to think of recording the world in single, strong images.  Yet techniques such as this enable us to composite a broader vista with greater detail, and it is certainly a valid way to approach a subject such as this one.

Making of Equilibrium

  Equilibrium is the title of a fine art giclee print I produced and sold at an Earth Exhibition at Swirl, San Francisco, CA.  While traveling in Tokyo, I was impressed with the order and precision exhibited in societal behavior despite great numbers of people in the streets.  This mandala type rendering of an ordinary […]

Reflection of Reeds

This photograph has been used in many contemporary settings as wall art.  It has an almost abstract first-read, and then the more you examine it the more details you see besides the reeds in the water: small flies, ripples and bubbles. The most interesting installation of this photograph is in a Los Angeles Psychotherapist’s office, […]