Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Stay warm and stay safe. Best Wishes to all my Family, Friends and Fans!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Traditional photographs, is there a difference? You bet your grain there is.
While most photographers are abandoning traditional film and silver print photography, Juliet Harrison embraces the nearly extinct ritual of photographing and printing images in a dark room, one by one. Some call her a purist; some think she will cave in to the more daylight ways of drawing images on surfaces without the use of silver. I just think she has the eyes to see that these treasured images are the difference between paint by numbers and a true masterpiece. Yes Virginia, there is a difference. And the work, time and effort is worth it.
Traditional black & white photography happens when light hits the emulsion of film within the camera. The photographer can control the speed at which the light smacks against the chosen speed of the film to capture an image that is more connected to their own expression of information. For fine art photography, every grain of silver counts. Yes, there’s silver in them their prints. As digital images clog up the internet by the zillions, one photographer does it the old fashion way, with 35mm film and hand exposed silver prints one by one. Exposed film or latent images are taken from the camera in a darkroom, then some of the silver is washed away by using chemicals, then the film is placed in an enlarger. Light is pushed through the grains of the film and exposes silver on special photographic paper. The light exposed image comes to life when soaked in a variety of trays. All the wile the photographer holds, rubs and coddles the image to exactly the right contrast of light, dark and every tone in between.
The only similarity between digital imaging and photography is, they both use something that looks like a camera. Digital is more like a drawing done with an electronic tool and less like real photography.
Harrison has chosen to express her love of equine by expressing her images in the best possible way. She knows the feeling of stepping into her canvas with a pocket of unexposed film and clicking the shutter which is more of an extension of her imagination than a camera. B&W photography in particular acts like an x-ray to the soul and not a reflection of color. The level of intimacy displayed in Harrison's images is so passionate, I nearly feel like a voyeur as I view her work. Her work reminds me of the great Dorothea Lange who said, “While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.” Harrison just gets it.
By Cali Tatum
Sunday, December 12, 2010
From fellow artist - Ruth Andre on her A Painting Day blog - http://apaintingday.blogspot.com/2010/12/friends-book-track-life.html
From the Albany Times Union newspaper's Saratoga Seen blog - http://blog.timesunion.com/saratogaseen/track-life-a-new-book-of-horse-photographs/7301/
And from The Second Race, an ex-racehorse rescue that I am helping with a portion of my profits from the sale of the book - http://thesecondrace.blogspot.com/2010/12/ahhh-feels-like-home-photographs-in.html
I will be splitting the donated portion between The Second Race and LOPETexas, another ex-racehorse rescue.
Friday, November 12, 2010
After the first 30 copies of the book are sold, a percentage of the profits of each subsequent copy sold will be donated to LOPEtexas http://www.lopetx.org/ and TheSecondRace http://www.thesecondrace.com/ These two wonderful organizations help ex-racehorses find second careers and new owners. These horses give their hearts to run for us and it is a small thing we can do to give them a chance when they are done.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Just a sneak peek to wet your appetite. These images and many more will be gracing the pages of my new book. I am expecting to have it ready for preorders in about two weeks. So sales will be geared for the holidays. The working title is "Track Life". And the images are all B&W from several years of photographing at the Saratoga Springs, New York thoroughbred racetrack.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
First a recap from last week. I had a great day on Thursday when I went up to North Adams, Mass. with a good friend and fellow artist, Nadine Robbins ( http://www.nadinerobbinsportraits.com/ ). We went up to see an exhibit of photographs by Leonard Nimoy at Mass MoCA and to hear a talk that he was going to give. It is a long drive there from here, and the weather was not the best, but we talked and talked and talked so much that it felt like no time at all. Unfortunately, I have to say that the exhibit was disappointing. I expected more depth to the imagery. And Mr. Nimoy was sick that evening and so the lecture was cancelled. But the day was wonderful anyway due to spending it with Nadine.
Last Saturday I spent in Millerton, New York at the fun Fall For Art festival that they had. Met some wonderful people and got some great feedback on my work. I have 8 piece hanging in Kate Carty http://www.katecarty.com/ and the work will be up through the holidays.
This week I am primarily spending doing data entry and fielding questions for Ex Arte Equinus 4. http://www.arthorsemagazine.com/art_competition.html Being the show director for the competition keep me hopping during this time. Deadline for entries is Oct. 31st, and then I will be sending everything off to the jurors. So if you are planning on entering....get it done before you miss the deadline.
Along with the Ex Arte work that I am doing, I have finally settled in to do the scanning that I need to finally create my Track book. I want to have it done and ready to sell for the holidays. It will contain images from the time I have spent at the Saratoga Springs, New York racetrack the past 4 years. I will make an announcement here in the next few weeks so you will know when it is ready for orders. Stay tuned.
Thursday this week, I am headed on a long one day road trip to take my work over to Cazenovia, New York. 8 pieces will be on exhibit in the Le Cheval: the horse equine art show at the Cazenovia College Art Gallery ( http://www.cazenovia.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=1016&ctl=Details&mid=2320&itemID=3798 ). Two additional pieces will be showing at the I Love New York Horses show that will be hung on the grounds of the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament. http://www.syracuseinvitational.com/ConventionCenter/ArtShow/tabid/1521/Default.aspx
Monday, October 18, 2010
If you are planning on being in the Hudson Valley for this coming weekend....Plan to head over to Millerton, New York on Saturday or Sunday. Right on the Connecticut border in the heart of fall foliage. The whole town will be filled with beautiful artwork. Each and every Main St. business will feature a different artist on their walls and most will be there to meet the public as well. I will have work in Kate Carty on the corner of Route's 22 and 44. And I hope to be at the store on Saturday to meet the public as well. Hope to see you there!
Friday, October 15, 2010
I will be exhibiting 8 of my original photographs at the Equine Showcase at the Cazenovia College art gallery in Cazenovia, New York. It opens November 4th with a reception that evening and runs through December 9th. http://www.cazenovia.edu/default.aspx?tabid=556 This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament. http://www.syracuseinvitational.com/aboutus/SyracuseInvitationalIs/tabid/622/Default.aspx
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Thursday, September 02, 2010
(here is the band entering the competition arena and if you look above the band, you can see Jax featured on the jumbotron screen as broadcast by the BBC)
As soon as we returned home from the trip my time was absorbed by efforts to ready that same wonderful child for his soon to happen, 10 month sojourn in Milan, Italy as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. He leaves here on this coming Tuesday.
So you can see, that not much time has been spent as an artist this summer. And now that the summer draws to a close....I will spend some time trying to catch up and to catch my blog up as well. Because, although it was not an active art summer...there were definintly things to report about. Like trips to the track in Saratoga and legal battles with image stealers. So, stay tuned for more to come.
Monday, August 02, 2010
If I get a chance to scan more of the negatives from the NE Welsh Pony Association show I will post them here before I head over the ocean. If not....I hope you all have a wonderful next two weeks. And I will post again after I get back August 16th.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
One more quick note this week....in honor of what we were able to do for Baylie - I have decided to donate $100.00 from every sale of any Limited Edition Silver print from my website to either care for Baylie or to contribute to bail for another horse. It is one more way that I can give back to the horses.
To see the work on my website, including the recently added images in the Fresh From the Darkroom gallery, just click on this link. http://julietrharrison.fineartstudioonline.com/
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
"Being a self taught photographer with no formal training, having Juliet as a mentor was wonderful for me. Juliet encourages you to delve into the art world and see all kinds of art including photography and really study what you see and understand why you like certain works of art and not others. You gain an appreciation of the art world and how it may influence you in your work as a photographer. Her critiques of my work were insightful and she taught me how to improve and make the image stronger. She also gave me insights on how to produce a professional, cohesive set of imagery so that I could approach galleries with my work. Her expertise and experience in the field will help you gain the knowledge to move forward in your work. I highly recommend Juliet to anyone ready to go to the next level with their photography."
Find out more about my mentoring program here - http://julietrharrison.fineartstudioonline.com/other-form and contact me for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Remember last weeks concept was taken over by my trials and tribulations trying to get to Ohio? Here is the blog I had intended for then....
Film vs Digital
This blog is not about a value judgment between these two methods of taking photographs. I am not going to tell whether I think one is better than the other. In truth, although I am a film photographer first and foremost, I think making that kind of judgement between methods of creation is wrong. As artists....we are beholden to our muses and what we use to create out work...is less of consequence then the work we create. Although I do acknowledge that there are artists out there whose work is self-reflective of the process that they use. And that is wonderful too.
What I am interested in discussing it the labels we use to identify work once it is produced. And how confusing this is for the beginning collector of photography. When I began my "career" as a photographer, there was no digital photography. Other than polaroids and the more archaic methods of photography like daguerreotypes, solargrams and tintypes, all "Photographs" began as images on film. Negatives and chromes (like slide film). Again, other than those other print forms, all photographic prints were created in a darkroom. So, when you said that you were a photographer, there was no question about what that meant as far as the process that you did to create your work. Most understand that at some point it was a hands on process. And although able to be printed in multiple copies....some variations due to the process made each print somewhat unique. Again, I want to be clear that this is not a value judgement...it just what we did. And for the most part, what I still do.
Sheer Cliff Face - shot on film, Gelatin Silver Print done in darkroom and scanned to computer
Enter the digital revolution! Today, more often than not, what you see when you see a photograph for sale, is a print that was made from a digital process. There are several ways that this can happen. The first and most prevalent, is that the image was shot with a digital camera, downloaded into a computer and either digitally manipulated with a program like PhotoShop or left virtually unchanged from the original shot. This image is then printed directly from the computer on either an inkjet or laser printer, or even mass printed on poster paper.
Another format that is building in interest are images that have been shot on film and scanned into the computer. These are then altered or not and printed the same as those that originated from a digital camera. One more possibility is to scan the traditionally created darkroom print and then to print digitally from those jpegs.
Most darkroom prints are identified by the darkroom process or paper that they are printed on. Silver prints (are the same as gelatin silver prints), platinum, palladium, c-prints, cibachromes etc, all of these are darkroom prints. Unfortunately, digital prints are called by too many different names. Sometimes, I feel it seems almost to confuse the buyer into thinking that the digital print and darkroom print are the same thing. But, mostly I think it is because nobody has come up with suitable terminology. I have seen digitally created images called; photographs, archival photographs, inkjet prints, photographic prints, giclees, prints (didn't these used to be a whole different group of processes?) and many other names.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
While I was there visiting I got to turn the day into a bit of a photo shoot as well. The amazing work Mark has done training Mr Peabody (a mostly black paint), Leroy (the red Quarter Horse) and Jerry (the goat) made photographing them a breeze. There is nothing so wonderful as having a horse stand with his front legs on a stump while I walked around him photographing from every angle. The three of them were total gentlemen while I was in their paddock. And their human companions were warm and welcoming. Humor and good conversation abound.