Color vs Black & White Again: A Hybrid?

Continuing the early phases of my current work, a suggestion by Dan Lobdell (danlobdell.net), who recently taught a black and white digital techniques workshop here at The Bascom (thebascom.org) , has me intrigued:  selective desaturation.  The blurred figure is masked to retain its comparatively rich color, and the surroundings are partly desaturated, removing much of their color.  This emphasizes the figure, and its importance in the wooded setting, and thus underscores my sense of the human/spirit – nature connection.

Beyond the technical aspects of my project, I observe other things which influence the way I shoot. People are easier to photograph in the forest than in other  places.  Perhaps they are less inhibited in a natural habitat.  They move freely through the space, at home in their environment.  It is a place to refresh the spirit, and so further underscores my sense of the spiritual connection to the forest.  vickiprovostphotographs.com

Comparisons of Color vs Selective Desaturation

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Summer Art Camp is Coming!!

Hello! My name is Lindsey and I will be teaching art camps this summer at The Bascom! I am so excited to be here and look forward to a summer filled with color and fun!

I am originally from Austin, Texas. But I have taught art in a lot of different cities around the world; from Baltimore, Maryland and Thomasville, Georgia all the way to Delhi, Singapore, and Doha! I love celebratory things, like parades and carnivals. And I love to infuse my art classes with lots and lots of energy and excitement. You can find out more about the work I make and how I teach by visiting my website.

This summer, art camp students will be exploring lots and lots of materials. We will use felt, plastic, canvas, thread, yarn, hula hoops, wood, collage, cardboard, and printmaking to make quilts, string art, costumes, masks, sculptures, cityscapes, batiks, and so much more!

Stop by Studio A and say hello! Happy summer everybody!!

 

Day at the Lathe with Don Marks

Yesterday, I enjoyed a fabulous day with the Western North Carolina Woodturners. In the morning, I attended their monthly meeting and watched the woodturner extraordinaire, Don Marks, turn a tea-light candle holder. In the afternoon, I made a walnut Cross pen with Don and two woodturners from the area. Don was incredibly generous with his time and knowledge and I hope to work with him again.

Throughout the day, I took in terms and tools of the trade such as beading, tool rests, box scrapers, chucks, reverse chucks, and spindle gouges. I learned that the safest and most effective tools are sharpened tools and that it’s important to have a light touch.

I’m excited to delve more into woodturning and hope to someday incorporate this craft into my own practice. I’m thinking about woodworkers such as Martin Puryear and Louise Nevelson and am feeling inspired to learn new skills and experiment with new materials and processes.

Digital Techniques for Black and White Photography with Dan Lobdell

I had the pleasure of attending an intensive three day workshop on digital black and white photography techniques, taught by Dan Lobdell (danlobdell.net).  A landscape photographer and professor of art, Dan possessed a wealth of knowledge which the students could – and did – draw upon.

The mornings began with a photo shoot on the Bascom (thebascom.org) campus, which was especially challenging given the dark and rainy weather.  Following this, photo editing techniques converting color images to black and white were covered.  Further measures which brought out subtle tones were introduced and practiced.

A number of images were completed, and on the final day, one image per student was printed.  Below are some of these.

I learned a lot from this workshop, and look forward to future classes Dan may teach.

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Claude Sullivan

Claude Sullivan

Sarah Morgan Wingfield

Sarah Morgan Wingfield

Kitty Chivers

Kitty Chivers

Vicki Provost

Vicki   Provost

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Developing a Personal Vision I

The day long workshop, Developing a Personal Vision I, was held this past Saturday at The Bascom (thebascom.org).  After a presentation on each photographer’s unique way of seeing, basic camera operation was covered.  A two hour photo shoot in Highlands yielded some quality images, which were edited after an introduction to Photoshop.  I thoroughly enjoyed the participants’ involvement and enthusiasm.  I look forward to Personal Vision II.   vickiprovostphotographs.com

          Claude Sullivan               Kitty Chivers

Decisions

I have finally ruled out the use of infrared light in my work.  Although I wanted an “other-worldliness”   in my images, ir seemed a little too dreamlike.  I want the sense of a partial grounding in the physical world.  That leaves the option of black and white vs color photography.

I’m leaning towards color for the same reason as above.   Since we live in a world of color, black and white has it’s visual beginning in another realm. Again, I want a foot in both planes – this one (which is in color), and another.

The “other” visual world is what I hope to achieve by use of the blurry figure.

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Pursuing the Blurred Figure

Continuing with the concept of the spiritual nature of man’s connection with nature, I remain intrigued with the use of the blurred figure in the landscape to represent the ephemeral quality of this relationship.

Trying to find other photographers who have worked in this vein, I came across Philip Barlow, a painter from South Africa.  His paintings resemble photographs, and are blurred figures moving through the city.  His approach sounds  similar to the one I want to take, describing the landscape …”where the line between the physical and spiritual realm has been removed”.

Some of his work can be found at https://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/summer-in-the-city-oil-paintings-that-look-like-blurred-photographs-of-city-life/

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