Month: October 2006

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

Kent, Connecticut. Brad and his wife Karin are artists who live near us and who I’ve come to know and respect. Brad studied painting at Yale with Josef Albers and has been around the painting, printmaking, and photography world for a long time; he has a long view on it which is refreshing in this digital, decontextualized world of ours.

Brad was instrumental in pushing me to start printing my photography and to take that end of the process as seriously as the exposure end of it. He makes large, monochromatic photographic prints of natural forms (plants, landscapes) and they are fantastic. His knowledge of color theory, zone system, and all of the post-exposure pieces that go into making a fine print is both broad and deep yet, he never wears any of it on his sleeve: he’s one of the most humble people I know.

Flickr is a great virtual community and I’ve met many wonderful people there who I’ve learned a lot from but I need to balance flickr with a more local community of people who I get together with to talk about all of this stuff, from “what is photography” to where they buy their ink to “what did you think of the John Paul Caponigro* lecture.” I’m delighted that Brad Smith is part of my local community of friends.

*Karin, Brad and I went to hear JP caponigro who gave a talk at a local college and while we weren’t crazy about his surrealistic photographic work, the talk was absolutely first rate and his ideas about how photography fits into the art world are worth considering. If you can get a chance to hear this guy talk, don’t miss it.

Salt and Pepper

Salt and Pepper

Warren, Connecticut. I’m standing here cooking my morning oatmeal and while I’m zoning out stirring it I’m watching an arc of intense sunlight move across the butcher block table. I can see that the light will eventually strike the salt and pepper shakers so I let the oatmeal simmer while I set up camera and tripod. Of course, I’ve now recorded for all to see that our salt is almost completely crystalized and both shakers need a cleaning. However, I like this shot enough so that I’m going to go public with our slovenly shakers.

Morning Light Reflection

Morning Light Reflection

Warren, Connecticut. The past few mornings it’s been cold enough so that we’ve had to make fires in the wood stove. This transition from early to late fall comes with cooler weather and a different kind of light and color. Greens have turned to reds and then to yellows and most soft maples are bare. Only the pond grass on our pond and a few apple trees hold out green. Winter is on the way.