Our Task…

“Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a work of art… Our task is to cut back content so that we can see the thing at all.” ~ Susan Sontag.

This task is, I believe, as important for art creators as it is for art consumers

Politically Correct Art History

There is some very muddled thinking going on when critics attack the Westerrn art canon because it celebrates lots of white male artists and very few non-white or women artists. Here’s a recent example from the Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/02/female-portrait_n_5752620.html Why…Continue Reading →

At Last!

Yesterday the new glass for my vacuum frame finally arrived. My darkroom is finally complete and I can start to print again. At last!

The Maelstrom

I sometimes feel like I’m living on a small island in the middle of a vast and fast flowing river of images. Every time I go online I see amazing pictures. This cascade of images should be a joy, but there…Continue Reading →

Fine Prints and Oil Paintings

My never-met-in-the-real-world friend, Domenico, has again made me think, this time about the purpose of prints and whether they will soon become pointless. His argument went something like this: Everyone has a camera and can make their own pictures. The…Continue Reading →

Cooke PS945 Soft Focus Portrait Lens For Sale

Update: this lens has now been sold. I am selling my Cooke PS945 soft focus portrait lens. This lens is almost unobtainable because so few were made. It’s in immaculate condition. Here’s the eBay listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/171270778327?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:ITand_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649 And here’s a link to…Continue Reading →

Light-tight (at last)

My new darkroom is finally lighttight.  Here are some 11″x14″ negatives drying I developed this morning (20 minutes in a tray of RO9).  The one on the end looks quite promising. My vacuum frame still needs replacement glass, so I…Continue Reading →

Almost There!

Over Christmas and New Year I made quite a lot of progress with my new darkroom.  So far I have completed: A ‘wet’ bench for processing film and prints A ‘dry’ bench for my vacuum frame, UV light box, and…Continue Reading →