As I continue to edit and sort through my digital archiving of my grandfather’s photos the idea of creating a publication of his work is becoming more of a reality. While I do enjoy shooting portraits and other commercial photography this project carries a weight not felt with my other work. Although the restoration process can be tedious the sense of emotion that these photos emit are undeniable. I feel they would best be served in a physical medium with a professional finish. I have only taken on small scale and low budget publications so I am torn between what medium to base this in. If anyone reading this has suggestions for homemade analog publication I would appreciate you reaching out.
Recently I was able to finally get the equipment I needed to begin a lengthy project that has been on my mind for years. My grandfather was a photographer and also happened to travel a lot in the military and in his years after the military. As he and his wife grew older they began looking at moving closer to my mother in order to make elder care easier for us all. When packing up and moving out of his house he presented me with nearly 1000 glass slides he had created of various 35mm photos he had taken beginning sometime in the early 50’s. The slides have accumulated all sorts of physical artifacts over the years and will take a lot to be digitally cleaned. I am lucky enough to still have them both around and hope to at least get a least a few prints to them before the end of the month when we are celebrating his 90th birthday. See below for a self-portrait of my grandfather taken in Vienna around the year of 1955.
Recently have been trying to amass my own sort of studio set up that is small enough to be able to travel with, but in depth enough to take professional grade photographs. In the past I used flashes a lot more than would use continuous light sources. After working a lot within the cinematic space I learned to love continuous light sources for studio photography. I will always use an onboard flash for mobility sake when shooting events or sports. But the ability to change my light quality settings quickly and more fluidly is very appealing to me in a studio setting. Recently I have been growing peppers and getting these new soft box lights has coincided with some of the peppers being picked so I snapped some quick photos of said peppers under the lights.
As someone who grew up with Adobe Photoshop I assumed I would be tied to that software group for the rest of my time creating digital art. As Adobe and many other software developers moved towards a subscription based format I looked into alternatives.
So far the most promising program I have found and continued to use has been Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program). The biggest difference would be that it is not a vector based (unlimited scaling without artifacting) image program it is a raster based program, which has a set amount of pixels. I have used this not just for photo editing but graphic art as well. As of recent I have been trying out different art styles for my logo and this is what I have landed on recently with the help of gimp.
Lately I have been working on recovering past work from old drives and an old laptop internal disk drive that had partially corrupted. Some of these efforts have proven fruitless but I have managed to salvage some old film scans and some video as well. I will update my portfolio section with the fine images I had from the past and rough images that I will be re-editing. See below for a botched contact sheet scan of one project
I also finished a quick animation so I am finally getting the hang of aseprite and hopefully will be creating a logo I enjoy using that software. For those that are interested in checking it out click the link for a free trial version with option to buy. https://www.aseprite.org/
As I build my concrete site I also want to continue posting here as a way not just to show small things I work on or accomplish, but to make sure I am engaging more with the ideas I have.
Recently I have been tinkering around a bit with the creating of sprites and animated said sprites. A sprite is a computer graphics term relating to two-dimensional maps of information (or bits) that would be integrated into a larger scene. This is more commonly known as pixel-art. I have a connection to this medium as I grew up with old RPG’s and Action Adventure video games that utilized the style out of necessity. I am currently working on animating this sprite but will post it as a single image here.