Archive for January, 2009

Fountain Valley – June 2007

Posted in Abstract, Electrified, Me, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by sambissell
Hacienda Tower - FVS 2007

Hacienda Tower - FVS 2007

This post is for a specific group of people: it is for everyone at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado; I graduated from FVS in….well, I graduated from there back in the dark ages sometime…it isn’t really necessary to know when I did.

It is also a means for the photography students at FVS to see what is possible in what one can “see” in a single photograph: nevermind, how I do these…it is up to you to figure them out. If you are interested in the processes, I’ll guide you along, if the need arises. Seeing what you can see now only builds towards what you will see later, not to mention the places it will take others through your eyes!

For those of you who don’t know, the building above includes living quarters, the dining hall, a communal “living room”, a gorgeous courtyard (where the photo was taken), and several private rooms, which look out into the courtyard, among other things.
The photo was taken on Reunion Weekend 2007, when I was down at the school for the Alumni Art Show, which is held every year during that weekend. Continue reading

If You Lose a Recipe……….

Posted in Abstract, Electrified, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , on January 25, 2009 by sambissell

Two years ago, almost to the day, I was in a used bookstore not far from my house. I came upon this

For the Use of Toast

For the Use of Toast

Being a former Chef, I must have been perusing the cookbook section, an area that can be quite injurious to my wallet. I simply DON’T NEED any more cookbooks! But small pamphlets like these are very telling of certain periods of time, especially those that came out in the 1920s through the 1940s. There are some absolute gems from then. Recently, I passed one such pamphlet on to a friend who was wondering about different ways to cook eggs; so I gave her 101 Egg Recipes. I think it must have been from WW II.
Anyway……………I felt the need to create this morning and this is what came of it:

Kingsford's Silver Gloss Starch

Kingsford's Silver Gloss Starch

Lost Recipes

Lost Recipes

….and recipes DO get lost.

Have a great day!

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A September Afternoon with Thee Immortals – California 2006

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, California, Electrified, friends, Music, Nature, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by sambissell

As I write this, I am listening to one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. This is, of course, a personal preference that others may not appreciate….but, humor me and turn it up so you can listen to this single guitarist play his music while I show these “new pieces” to you.

This was taken one Sunday afternoon in 2006 when I was visiting my friend, Paul, when he was practicing with the jazz-fusion band he was playing bass for (they have since disbanded and he has moved on to a new band). I stepped outside for a breath of fresh air and found this nearby…

Sunday Afternoon Fence Post

Sunday Afternoon Fence Post

Just a fence post.
I hadn’t done anything with the photo until tonight…it sat in the archives as IMG_7385. And then this happened

Three-Way Intersection

Three-Way Intersection

It’s a “negative space” of the original. Well, you know me, don’t you?
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Peter and the Snowflake Lights

Posted in Abstract, Buildings of Denver, Electrified, friends, Photo Drawing, Photographers, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2009 by sambissell
Reflection No Reflection

Reflection No Reflection

My friend, Peter Forss, and I went to a photo gallery, Rule Gallery, last week to see a large selection of collodion wet plates by Mark Sink (with examples here). Sink’s wet plates are absolutely exraordinary and actually give you a sense that they were taken in the 19th century, for the most part.

As we were leaving the gallery, Peter stopped to inspect the “snowflakes” in the window. My intent was not just taking a photo of Peter but of the buildings across the street. And then this woman strolled passed outside on the sidewalk and just happened to look in the window, presumably at Peter.

Seing Just Beyond

Seeing Just Beyond

What They See

What They See

Have an excellent week!

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Photo Drawings I

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Horses, Idyllic, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2009 by sambissell
When Beauty Reflected, It Was As If

When Beauty Reflected, It Was As If

I believe this was the first photo-drawing I ever made, which was a few months ago; the original photo was taken in January 2005.

The process is one step further, after deriving my “electric” manipulation, which defines the clarity, to a great extent, towards creating the finished photo drawing.

While I have made several as I go along with current works…..

Benevolence

Benevolence (2009)

….I am more inclined to go back into my archives and play with photos that I took last year….

In Her Backyard, I Wait

In Her Backyard, I Wait (2008)

or even a few years ago….

Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile (2002)

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