Thursday, June 26, 2014

Honored to be Mentioned!

​From: NYC4 PA
Date: Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Subject: NYC4PA Transportation
To: ann tracy


Your image "Havana Race" has been selected by our juror, Lester Lefkowitz, as an Honorable Mention in the Transportation Call for Entry.

With almost 700 images submitted this is an achievement to be proud of.  Your image will be seen in both the online gallery and the catalog and we will let you know when each is available, the online gallery for viewing, the catalog for purchase.

While I'm thrilled that I won an Honorable Mention, I'm surprised at what image made it... 

Havana Race
But that's the thing with competitions, it all depends upon the juror and what s/he had for breakfast or email they got that day or _______________________ (your turn to fill it in)!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Malaga, here I come....

Yes, I'll be there for the artists' reception!  I was so glad that I was selected as a finalist in the 6th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Competition and even more over the moon when I was notified that my work as also selected to be shown in this upcoming Biennial in Malaga, Spain.  I'm now trying to figure out a way to have a showing of the work (and maybe work by other artists here at Running with Scissors) at a Portland venue the end of August or beginning of September.  I probably should of thought of these several months ago, but we'll see if I can pull it together for summer's end.

She Dreams of Barnacles and Branches

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cell Phone Photography Award Winners

Ya'll know that I have a couple of photos in the Stonecrop Gallery show, right?  Would love to see any of you local folks (Portland Maine area) down there tomorrow from 4 to 6 pm this Saturday (tomorrow, June 14th) and HERE are the directions on how to get there.  But if you live out of town and would like to see what I have in the show and the other work juried in, then you can click HERE for that.  Be sure to check out the work of Florence Rodale (a photo buddy who has been in the same trips to Cuba with the group led by Elizabeth Opalenik).

But it's not only Stonecrop that has realized the value and artistry of "cellphonograpy", many other galleries and museums are now including cell shows in their annual exhibition calendar.  I thought this was an interesting article about it.  It seems to me that it's the same snobbishness about whether photography is an art form compared to the more traditional arts.  There is even an iPhone Photography Awards group!  You can see the results of their latest competition here.

In my other blog, I'll soon be posting about some recent trips and this photo was from the beginning of our trip to NYC this past week.

Yes, a rare blue lobster!  According to Wiki, there are only one per two million lobsters out there.  This was shot at a cafe at the airport at the start of our trip, but I feel sad for the poor fella or gal (how do you know the difference in lobsters?) that it's alone in a cage.  I'm not sure if lobsters form families but I do know they travel in groups at times. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Poop on Printing

During the years that I made prints myself and didn't source them out, I only had an ink jet printer.  Granted is was a high quality Canon (which I prefer over Epson and HP), but the inks for it were only "dye" inks.  Because of that I had this crazy process I went through using special UV resistant sprays and glazes that I painted over the print.

This year Canon finally came out with an affordable pigment printer that will print up to 13 x 19" paper!  So I invested in one this past year.  If I have something larger that needs to be printed for an exhibition or a client, then I farm it out to two printers I've used for years.  One does a terrific job of taking my digital files and sending me gallery-wrapped Giclee prints and another does a great job of printing chromogenic or digital C prints on paper.  Both types of prints are archival (like my pigment prints) and are seen in high end galleries and museums. 

For a discussion of the different terms, this is a handy webpage.  But what does it mean for you, my client?  It means that the art that I print, or have someone else do for me, will last more than just a few years.  Right now depending upon both papers and inks, it's said that prints can last between 85 to 100+ years.  But of course, like any piece of fine art you should never hang it on a wall that gets direct sunlight. 

This photo was taken on the streets of Portland a couple of weeks ago.  It's a Hippstamatic with the iPod using the Roboto Glitter Lens, Sussex Film and of course no flash.  I really hate using a flash and try to avoid it at all costs because of the harsh shadows they produce.  I'm entering this photo into a New York Center for Photographic Art show called "Transportation".  I hope it makes the cut! 

I haven't  put this image up on here yet, but if you're interested in purchasing this limited edition print (only doing a series of 25), please contact me directly.  I can give you a quote on it.