Growing up as a photographer, I found Irving Penn to be an amazing master to learn from, I was studying his images very carefully hoping to become a better photographer.
Among many observations, I found his trash images to be a great inspiration as for choosing your subjects. This is a humble homage to a truly great master.
I’ve found these shards a few years ago on the road, right by the curb, it seemed to be a worthy subject. In my car, I happened to have one of these thick brown envelops, I scooped the fragments in, insect wings and all, and drove away. This envelope was a home for these fragments until yesterday.
This is the horrifying story of little miss Muffet, brought to you in the shape of a little night lamp from the 50’s.
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
A cheerfully colored silly little band, this lil’ Abner windup toy from 1945 was assembled from a few sources since there are not many complete sets available. I didn’t want to neglect the back side of the piano because it’s pretty sweet and has Oleman Mose drawn on it (quite pleaz!), so I decided to compose it in the background, toning it down so it will not overwhelm the main subject.
The brain is always searching for recognizable patterns, it wants to make sense of what’s presented to it.
When working with abstract materials, what I do is help my brain uncover the obscure and bring it forward.
I’ve been asked what exactly are these images. these are manipulated photograph I shot, of smoke. i alter colors and draw on them, with digital tools. Here’s a new image, followed by a small copy of the original shot, notice the figure on the lower left.
In a field where pre-planing is very important, sometimes, to free my mind, I like to take a pencil and scribble on paper, without raising it for a few moments from the page, and then with as little lines possible, to get out of the chaos a subject that will make sense.
As many in the visual field, I have a library of photographs I shoot, to use them as backgrounds or effects. While looking through some of my smoke images, I noticed a lot of scribble there to work with.
I use free association doing that, and I find it very rewarding.