…they just get recycled into boats for clam farming. I made this exposure this morning on the homeward leg of my bicycle ride. I go by here every day, but this morning the light was just a bit more interesting then usual, so I decided to stop. Once I did that and ‘looked’ I was also taken by the symbolism evident in this view. The cedar, oak and palm trees in the background are a good representation of the area’s vegetation. The Blue Desert Cafe is a throw-back to the days when Outside Magazine referred to the town as the place where ‘it takes two hours to watch 60 Minutes. It is also a reminder that we don’t have a single chain restaurant in town. The Blue Desert itself was recycled from a family home into the restaurant. – If you look closely at my previous post, you will see that this is just down the road from where I took the bird-dog photo.
Our Bid-Dog boats have always interested me, and I have photographed and written about them before. However, I have not made a concerted effort to take a closer look at them, and put together a suite/portfolio of them. So, yesterday I started on that task with the above photo. Since docking space is so limited around here, the vast majority of the boats spend their ‘non working hours’ parked in the owner’s yard, or some other convenient place, and thus are very much a part of our landscape. I hope to explore that visual aspect of it.
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Here is a current video about William Eggleston’s exhibit at the Tate. Eggeleston influence on American fine art color photography is enormous, and I am always interested in seeing his work and news about it. I am saying this although I feel I often ‘don’t get’ his work, and am much more taken with William Christenberry‘s and Birney Imes‘s work when it comes to ‘southern color’ photography.
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Burholder‘s Inkjet Negative Companion DVD. As those of you who have been following my Cyanotype exploits know, I have been using Burkholder’s Color Table method to make my digital negatives. I have gotten to the point where I am pretty good at making the negatives, and getting good looking Cyanotype prints. However, I have never totally “nailed the process’ although I’ve read all the books and articles that I could get my hands on. None of them have been as clear to me as Burkholder’s original book.
This new DVD promises to have templates that will work with my computer/printer combination. I will let you know how it works out.. My limitations this time around are that that I only have an 8×10 inch printing frame. Somebody ‘liberated’ my 16×20 frame several years ago, and those things are too expensive to easily replace. I also will have to rely on sunlight exposures, which around here usually is no problem, although so far we have had a pretty cloudy and overcast winter. However, as I have said in a previous post, I am ready to get started – let the printing begin! :)