Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

June 19, 1937
Dear Cedric,
A strange thing happened to me today. I saw a big thundercloud move down over Half Dome, and it was so big and clear and brilliant that it made me see many things that were drifting around inside of me; things that related to those who are loved and those who are real friends.
For the first time I know what love is; what friends are; and what art should be.
Love is a seeking for a way of life; the way that cannot be followed alone; the resonance of all spiritual and physical things. Children are not only of flesh and blood — children may be ideas, thoughts, emotions. The person of the one who is loved is a form composed of a myriad mirrors reflecting and illuminating the powers and thoughts and the emotions that are within you, and flashing another kind of light from within. No words or deeds may encompass it.
Friendship is another form of love — more passive perhaps, but full of the transmitting and acceptance of things like thunderclouds and grass and the clean granite of reality.
Art is both love and friendship, and understanding; the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of Things, it is more than kindness which is the giving of self. It is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these.
I wish the thundercloud had moved up over Tahoe and let loose on you; I could wish you nothing finer.

Constable's Clouds

Cloud study with birds in flight, and Stratocumulus clouds 1821
oil on paper on board,  9.8 x 11.9 inches
Cloud study 1822, oil on paper,  7.8 x 12.6 inches

Thomas Cole

File:Distant View of Niagara Falls 1830 Thomas Cole.jpg
Distant View of Niagra Falls 1830
File:Cole Thomas The Oxbow (The Connecticut River near Northampton 1836.jpg
The Oxbow 1836

Kaaterskill Falls 1826

Fredric Edwin Church

Twilight in the Wilderness
Twilight in the wilderness, 1860

Aurora Borealis (1865).

Heart of the Andes 1859


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Selection of wet plates #2

Susan Seubert- Grid of 8x10 Ambrotypes, 'Nest'

Caleb Churchill

Caleb Churchill
Eric Taubman

Rik Garrett, Weeds

S.Gayle Stevens








These tintypes are made by S.Gayle Stevens. Her work is quite lovely, I like the small size that she works at (images above are around 5x5inches each) and her use of these small photographs to work together to create something larger, as seen below. The images above are from the series 'Calligraphy' where Stevens has drawn representations of natural objects collected over time and then exposed them on the the tin. The drawing are amazing, and I would not have know that they were drawings unless I was stated!
See more work here.
Blow (diptych)

Faux Flocked Filgree

Iain Stewart

Lost 12
Lost 15
Lost 7

Hand of God

Return ii
Return i
Path 95
Outlands 95


Jody Ake

These photographs are Ambrotypes (wet plate negative, backed with a black material or paint to create a positive).
With wet plate there seems to be thousands of images of still lives and portraits but a limited number of landscapes (or good ones anyways), which is why I have put these images up. I quite like the vastness of the landscapes and the cloud in the top image. 
Iam not too interested in the content of the last three sets of images, but am blown away by the hand colouring that the artist has done. It really is wonderful, and detailed-Id love to see them in real life!
See more at Jody Ake's website here.

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