Skip to main content

OK, I'm just using the title of the book I just launched of images of Easter Island because it seems to catch peoples' eye. This is really to introduce myself to the ArtKos community:

I work (almost) exclusively in B&W. Eventually tired of the whole fascination with the process / shoot and print in the search for the perfect image thing. I actually put down the cameras for almost 7 years while built up a local art show from the travesties that they now are to a great show that not only did not charge the artists, but provided free tent cover, display racks for those who needed them, free coffee, etc. We managed to pay for it all with imaginative fundraising, not losing a dime.

But when I left the art organization decided that they didn't want to continue putting all the effort into it and let it die (I was headed for a serious operation). My wife (who paints) and I decided to spend a year on Easter Island. I found that with a "project" guiding me, my interest in my art was back.

I would suggest that the key to putting together a major project like this, beyond the financing (that's a book in itself) is commitment. Announce it, put it in writing, pre-sell work that will eventually emerge, get your immediate and expanded community involved to the point where at least the incentive part of it all is on auto-pilot. This avoids the temptation to fold when those inevitable hurdles, some seeming unjumpable, come up. As my wife says: "wear your taters in the front."

In the course of the project I moved from film to digital (another book if I wanted to write it). I had already made the switch from darkroom to scanning and printing my work. About a quarter of the way through the project I picked up a good digital camera (Canon 5D) and spent my 2 months recuperating from my operation working out my "process" for producing prints indistinguishable from those from negatives. Not at all easy, but with far more potential as far as getting the results one wants. Original prints roll of my Epson 7800 - Ultrachrome. Most are between 15x20 and 18x24. In the end only 16 of the 98 images are from film.

The book was an afterthought. On the island I stumbled across a copy of Fred Picker's book of B&W images of the island from 1974, and realized that, as much as has been done, no-one has tried anything to that extent in B&W since - so I expand the project to include the book. Now THAT is a nightmare deserving of its own loooooong column.

I don't know if anyone here works in my medium, is interested in Photography as an art form. But I would be happy to discuss, learn, offer any pointers I can, etc.

My site: jamescraigphotography.com
The Easter Island Blog: easterislandjournal.com

On my part, since I self published to the point of hiring my own printer, I would appreciate any discussion of how to market and try to get my $$$ back. I'm working on a few things right now - this was our new car $$ and there is a need to get it back before our 2001 Caravan dies.

Book launch was Friday evening. Huaaaaaaa!

ps - can someone give me a couple of pointers on adding an image here?

Originally posted to Maryland Kos on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 09:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    I'm voting for the UPPITY ONE

    by qua on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 09:11:09 AM PDT

  •  Yum, a grilled green cheese sammich! (0+ / 0-)

    Romney 2012 - Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, hear the lamentation of their women.

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 11:03:29 AM PDT

  •  Adding photos has to be done through a (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Bob Love

    separate account with a supported website such as Flicker.  Once you have your photos on that site you can embed them here.  I have only done this in comments, so can not advise you on adding to a diary/post.

    Hope you can get that accomplished.

    I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

    by DamselleFly on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 01:31:12 PM PDT

  •  Checked out your work (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Bob Love, qua

    It is all good stuff.  

    I am from Maine and thought your shots of Acadia to be really beautiful.  Every other pic I have seen of this lovely place has been in color.  It was interesting to see it in b&w.

    What surprised me most is that the album I was most attracted to is your work from Hartford County.  Mesmerizing.

    I think that black and white pieces allow the viewer to see a scene in a way that color just can not depict, because color can sometimes be distracting.  B&W gets to the heart of the matter.

    Thanks for sharing your work here.

    I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

    by DamselleFly on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 01:40:02 PM PDT

    •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

      finally got back to the computer. Noticed the ArtKos section and wondered if anyone would be interested in the topic - as a few are in the painting. Then again, there should be a concentration on the campaign - maybe I should comment somewhere putting up a shot of my yard sign - already up, taken with my usual camera of choice for that kind of thing - my iPhone.

      I'm voting for the UPPITY ONE

      by qua on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 08:03:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Nice work thanks! (0+ / 0-)

    Visit me online and read some then feel free to give me a call and chat. My # is on the contact page. You can find me on G+, Facebook or my personal site.
    I have learned some important things about digital B&W in the last year and would be more then happy to share with you.
    Cooksey - http://www.cookseytalbottgallery.com/

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site