I'm going to start blogging my weddings from this year, but instead of saying a bunch of sappy stuff about the couple and the day; I'm going to keep the posts to strictly images. I'm not that great with words, so instead of boring you with stuff that doesn't sound good, it'll be just a slideshow of images for you to look at. And with that, here's the first one of the year:
In this age of instant, its refreshing to come upon someone that takes the right kind of time and dedication to a craft. Chris Chevalier at Glass & Grain Company in New Haven, CT is that someone. I personally feel artwork should be printed, and when it's printed, it should be displayed in a properly good frame.
The dedication and attention to detail Chris takes with his frames is second to none. The process begins with an order form and chat to decide the size of the frame, stain or paint, type of glass etc.... Once all the details are taken care of, the building process can begin.
After the wood is chosen, it is measured and cut/mitered, the edges are glued and stapled for a nearly seamless corner. The whole frame is then sanded with care to ensure smoothness for either paint or stain.
Paint or stain is then applied depending on the customer's wants (and Chris' recommendations depending on the look of the print) After that, Chris finishes the frame off with glass and the specially mounted back he came up with, the print is matted and the whole thing is put together and looks amazing. If you are in the market for a frame for your prints, contact Chris today at email@example.com
Again, if you are in the market for a quality frame with great craftsmanship, contact Chris today at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time.
Taylor is young, but does his thing, and does it well. I met him a few years ago when a friend of mine was photographing his custom Mk4 Jetta (which he still has and is finishing up.) He was a nice kid and humble, which is a rare thing sometimes. He was pumped to be having a couple guys take some photos of his car. Fast forward a couple years and this motorcycle, I noticed it after he started posting about the project on facebook; I was very intrigued at what he was accomplishing. All of the work put into this by him is pretty spectacular.
I mean, look at it! Almost nothing is recognizable as a 1974 CB750 other than the engine and front part of the frame really. Everything else has been modified in one way or the other. The little details are what I love about motorcycles. Cars are pretty good, but there's just nothing that really compares to a motorcycle in terms of tiny details and nuances that make it one of a kind.
Well, as you may already know, or are going to find out, I am not the best with words, so here's the part of the post where I let the photos do the rest of the talking for me.
Until next time.
My good friend John Ludwick Jr. came down for a visit from NH a couple weeks ago. He updated his 1965 Corvair a bit and wanted to spend some quality time together and shoot some photos. It's always a treat when we get together, and this time was no different.
Armed with my trusty Leica M4-2 & Fujica G690BL, and loads of film; we set out to New Haven to a classic spot I like to shoot at. Without any sort of direction or deadline for anything, we just hung out, talked endlessly about things, and I snapped a bunch of photos. I also took some tshirt photos for his new line of shirts for the Governors Club, John's automotive group for people in the scene that do things the right way. Anyway, being bad with words, I'll just let the photos do the talking for me. Until next time....
It all started for me at the beginning of this year. I had always shot film here and there, and sending it in to the lab has its benefits as well as disappointments. The benefit is having a professional lab technician doing the work for me; shooting the film, then sending it away and not having to worry about it until I get the disc/scans back. Also, some people find the wait (of about a week on average) difficult, while it is hard if I know I shot some good stuff, it's like waiting for bacon to cook, the wait is difficult, but so rewarding in the end.
The disappointments about sending the film into a lab is the cost and distance felt from the process. Developing/scanning costs have shot through the roof it seems. $15-20 for a single roll of b&w developed and scanned is hard on the wallet. Shooting a roll of film for personal work or for a client, and sending it to someone I don't know but am expected to trust is something that started to weigh in on me. I felt that after I took the photos, I didn't have control of what was going on and wasn't a part of the process anymore. I wanted to control everything and really feel the reward of doing everything from beginning to end.
My first batch of rolls, after a friend taught me the process of developing, went horribly. My thermometer was off by about 15 degrees too cold (which made the images barely even develop.) I was also shooting Tri-x and Tmax, which I actually do not like at all (blasphemous, I know.) but hear me out. I love contrast, black blacks and white whites. I feel there is a certain drama to a high contrast image; Tri-x and Tmax just don't do it for me, they are too grey, which many people love; I, on the other hand, feel they are too flat and boring. Ilford is where it's at for me. But the film I shoot is a different story all together.
Opening the developing tank after fixing to find an almost completely see-through roll is gut wrenching, it hurts. But after getting a proper Kodak thermometer, and Ilford film, I was in business. Developing has become a joy I look forward to. And being able to shoot, develop, and scan my images all in the same day is very rewarding. And having the complete control over the process is a great feeling.
This is my first blog post ever, and it seems long winded to me. But I can talk forever on subjects that have great interest to me.
Basically, if you do some research and check out YouTube videos on how to start the process, talk to other film shooters and people who develop at home, and take the plunge into developing at home; you might find yourself enjoying shooting that much more.
Ending quick, but until next time....