After a lifetime as a cinematographer, in my 81st year I have pivoted to still photography. Two topics currently grab my playful eye:
“Things” is a series about ordinary things we usually take for granted, often passing them by, unseeing. Some of these I put together entirely from scratch, such as “Books;” some are things I find and then place in a revealing combination of light and shadow, such as “Rust;” and some I find and seize their moment, such as “Faucet.”
In the “Time-Flows” series, the pictures simultaneously compress and expand time. Somewhat in the manner of composer John Cage’s “musical indeterminancy,” chance plays a large role: A slow shutter blurs anything that moves; sometimes perspectives change; sometimes frames expand left or right. I compose each final picture from a series of such photographs taken at a single site during an hour or so of chance encounters.
How I Process these Prints:
A few pictures seem to emerge with almost no manipulation, nearly directly from the camera to the printer. (Steps #1.) Most of them take a lot of post trial and error to reveal their intensity. I use DXO Optics Pro to process my raw photos into tiffs. Then I experiment in Photoshop trying several different Topaz filters on different parts of the image via layers, layer masks, and opacity tweaks. I never crop except for the panoramic Time-Flow pictures. These often involve combining elements from as many as 35 different photos. (Community Columns #3.) I find I build up so many layers that Photoshop won't let me save any more and I have to compress them all into one, and start building more. When done I size each photo to fit the metal print I will have printed by Aluminyze in New York. So far the largest is 20”x30". (Rust)