Sol Invictus—Installation Views

28 Sunrises, 2012 installation view

For the past few years I have been altering satellite images appropriated from scientific and mapping applications, first with Google Earth, stitching hundreds of images and altering them to be printed in platinum/palladium, and now compositing images of the sun from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite.

With these new large-scale photo-based installations I manipulate appropriated images of the sun and print on clear film backed with gold leaf. The series stems from origins in ancient sun worship and its evolution to the worship of gold and to what could now be seen as the worship of technology. Dependence on technology, and the potentially devastating effect this year’s solar storms could have on it, caused me to look more closely to the sun, and reexamine that original idea of the Invincible Sun.

The nature of the gold leaf makes photographing them difficult, and I am working on scanning some of the larger ones, and will update my website with more from the series soon. Until then, here are a few installation views from the August show at Philadelphia’s 3rd Street Gallery.

Installation View, 28 Sunrises, 2012

instation view detail, 28 Sunrises, 2012

Installation view, 3 X-class solar flares

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Closing this week—Sol Invictus

A group show with work from my new series, Sol Invictus, will be closing this Sunday, August 26th at the 3rd Street Gallery on Second Street in Olde City, Philadelphia (58 North 2nd Street). There will be a closing reception from 2-5PM with drinks and light fare. If you can’t make the closing reception the gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday noon–5PM.

Sol Invictus, 2012

This new work is more of a departure from my beginnings in straight landscape photography, but stems from my recent work altering satellite images appropriated from scientific and mapping applications, first with Google Earth, stitching hundreds of images and altering them to be printed in platinum/palladium, and now compositing images of the sun from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite.

With these new large-scale photo-based installations I manipulate appropriated images of the sun and print on clear film backed with gold leaf. The series stems from origins in ancient sun worship and its evolution to the worship of gold and to what could now be seen as the worship of technology. Dependence on technology, and the potentially devastating effect this year’s solar storms could have on it, caused me to look more closely to the sun, and reexamine that original idea of the Invincible Sun.

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Openings in Philadelphia and Portland

I am thrilled to have a large platinum/palladium print from my Remote Sensing series in Philadelphia Photo Art Center’s 3rd Annual Competition and Exhibition. The opening is tomorrow, July 12th, from 6-9. The openings at PPAC are always a blast and you can bet I’ll be there all night.

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Also currently on view is another large platinum/palladium print from the same series at Portland, Oregon’s Newspace Center for Photography. The opening was last Friday, and I regret that I couldn’t make it out West for it and catch up with old friends in the area.

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Print of the Month — June

This month I am featuring a print from my 2009 trip to Spain, where I photographed along the Costa Brava north of Barcelona. It was a fairly short trip, but the most stunning stretch of road was the Cap de Creus National Park just outside of the resort town or Roses—I could go back for weeks and weeks and never tire of the white cliffs that fall right into Mediterranean.

Cap de Creus, Spain — Print of the month for June

About the Editions:

Since most of the work I regularly show is project-based, there are hundreds of images in my files that are never seen, or that I never made a priority to print. Now that I have been scanning and making enlarged negatives for platinum/palladium printing, I have been returning to some of the older work, and, in many cases, printing negatives for the first time.

As a way to bring some of these images out into the light, I will feature a new print each month as a limited-edition platinum/palladium or non-editioned inkjet print at a greatly reduced price to make my work more accessible to friends, new collectors, and fine-art photography enthusiasts.

The platinum/palladium edition is limited to 10 signed and numbered 7.5″x7.5″ prints on 11″x13″ 100% cotton rag Revere Platinum, mounted and overmatted on 4-ply 16″x18″ Artcare Alpharag for a price of $200.

The inkjet edition is a signed 7.5″x.7.5″ print on 8.5″x11″ Canson Rag Photographique for a price of $25. I am now printing with custom-mixed Jon Cone Piezography quad-black inks, which allow for more subtle gradations and because they are pure pigments, without the use of additional color to form the image, are more archival.

If interested, please email me to arrange payment and shipping.

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New Work — Remote Sensing 2008-2012

Bushveld Complex, South Africa

Bushveld Igneous Complex, South Africa, an area responsible for the majority of the worlds platinum supply which is now in much higher demand from the industrialization of China, India and other developing countries

I just updated my website with recent prints from a series I have been working with on and off for the past four years, which I first posted about two years ago in response to Gursky’s Oceans series.

This body of work evolved as an extension of my conventional photographic work looking at man’s relationship with the environment and landscape. While I continue to work in the mode of direct connection and interaction with the world through the camera, this series uses appropriated satellite and high-altitude aerial images from Google Earth as source material for making high-resolution files images that I digitally manipulate and then print in platinum-palladium. I chose the platinum-palladium process primarily for the rich depth of its beautiful, warm tonal scale, and its unsurpassed stability and archival properties. In these photographs, beauty and permanence stand in juxtaposition to the impermanence of the purely digital source material, the nature of the subject, and the changing world itself.

Trinity Test Site

Trinity, the site of the United States’ first atomic bomb test in 1945.

Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Yucca Mountain, Nevada, the proposed site for the long-long term storage of the nations nuclear waste from spent fuel and other radioactive material.

Black Thunder Thermal Coal Mine, Wyoming

Black Thunder Thermal Coal Mine, Wyoming, formerly the world’s largest open pit coal mine, which has produced more than 2 billions tonnes of coal since it opened in 1977

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Tree Stands on Kozo

I just started printing the new tree stands work in platinum/palladium on thin handmade Japanese paper, and they are turning out better than I imagined (as soon as I got used to working on something with the texture and strength of wet kleenex). I have been wanting to make platinum prints on Kozo paper for a few years now due to the rich blacks and silk-like reflectance of the darker tones, but never felt like I had an appropriate reason or subject matter for it. I am working on more throughout the Spring and Summer, but here are a few from the printing session last week.

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Print of the Month—May

This month I am featuring another older image from an early to Europe—an abstraction from the Jardin des Tuileries, in Paris I made outside of the annual Paris Photo show held every November. 

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About the Editions:

Since most of the work I regularly show is project-based, there are hundreds of images in my files that are never seen, or that I never made a priority to print. Now that I have been scanning and making enlarged negatives for platinum/palladium printing, I have been returning to some of the older work, and, in many cases, printing negatives for the first time.

As a way to bring some of these images out into the light, I will feature a new print each month as a limited-edition platinum/palladium or non-editioned inkjet print at a greatly reduced price to make my work more accessible to friends, new collectors, and fine-art photography enthusiasts.

The platinum/palladium edition is limited to 10 signed and numbered 7.5″x7.5″ prints on 11″x13″ 100% cotton rag Revere Platinum, mounted and overmatted on 4-ply 16″x18″ Artcare Alpharag for a price of $200.

The inkjet edition is a signed 7.5″x.7.5″ print on 8.5″x11″ Canson Rag Photographique for a price of $25. I am now printing with custom-mixed Jon Cone Piezography quad-black inks, which allow for more subtle gradations and because they are pure pigments, without the use of additional color to form the image, are more archival.

If interested, please email me to arrange payment and shipping.

 
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