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It’s Been a While….

 

Okay, it’s been longer than a while. I really don’t want to admit how long it has been since I made a blog post or even posted on social media. I guess it’s pretty obvious how long it has been since you can just look at the date on my last post. But, please, don’t look, it’s embarrassing. I certainly never claim social media and online presence to be anywhere close to an area of “expertise”, but I do realize its value. So, it’s been a while. Why? Many reasons, but I guess my best excuse is I had a baby! Like, a year and a half ago. So, I guess I can’t really use that as an excuse since it was so long ago. But, I can say, it didn’t take me long to realize that I would much rather spend time with her than writing a blog post or posting of Facebook. But, rather than ramble on about that, perhaps I will “try” posting more often. Beyond having a baby and juggling motherhood and work I think I spend a lot of time thinking about what I can possibly post that would interest or inform and help anyone. So, perhaps I will make it a goal to post things that may offer up information that may be of help to someone out there. And, I will also “try” to post some work I have been doing during my absence from “the interwebs.” I promise, I really have been making art and shooting, although now it is easy to feel as though it doesn’t truly happen unless it is on Facebook. Anyway…(I have to at least use the word “anyway” once during a post)…before I get on a rant. Perhaps more pictures…coming soon….

White Marble Fresco Gelatin Image Transfer || Video Tutorial

Yes, it is a long name for a process, but it describes the materials used in the process. I used this process to create a recent body of work, titled Empirical. The works from this series shown on the blog are the images before they were transferred to a piece of cradled wood that had been layered in a gelatin and white marble mix. This video will take you through this process. There are so much more details about the process in the book Digital Alchemy by Bonny Lhotka. So, if you are really interested in this process as well as other image transfer techniques…by her books!!

Happy transferring…

Go to Vimeo if you want to see the video in better detail: https://vimeo.com/113724201

 

White Gelatin Fresco Image Transfer from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

What I Did This Summer || Part 3: Night Photography in the Eastern Sierras

Last summer I traveled to the Eastern Sierras for a Night Photography workshop with Lance Keimig and Scott Martin. I had such an great experience, that I really wanted to return this summer. So, I wrote a summer research stipend proposal to FMU to go back and was so happy to receive the stipend again. This year we spend one night at Mono Lake, one night at Bodie Ghost Town and the third in Yosemite. It was an advanced workshop focused more on astrophotography. The first night before our shooting with the group began I went to Dechambeau ranch near Lee Vining, CA. To my delight, the Milky Way was a clear as day. This may sound trivial to some of you, but I was so amazed because it was my first time ever seeing the Milky Way with my own two eyes. It was incredible. I think I could have just stared at it all night, but I had to get to work. I was able to do one high ISO shot with the Milky Way and then I also attempted a star trail. The star trail shot is 4-8min exposures stacked together using Photoshop. Once again, I am thankful for all that I learned from these guys and I was astounded at the their knowledge on the subject as well as their knowledge on post-process. Here are a few from the trip. I still need lots of practice, so I was so grateful for what I learned!!! If you are interested in a Night Photography workshop I highly recommend checking out the workshops taught by Lance Keimig and Scott Martin. Click HERE for more info!

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What I Did This Summer || Part 2: Wet-Plate Collodion

One of my absolute favorite things to do, photographically speaking, is learning and doing historical photographic processes. Last year I spent quite a bit time dedicated to the gelatin dry plate process. This summer, I started my exploration into the wet-plate collodion process and I absolutely love it! In July I attended a wet-plate workshop taught by one of the best practitioners of this process Quinn Jacobson. I can’t tell you how much I learned, it was incredible. I really wanted to attend this workshop because I was a bit intimidated by the dangers of the chemicals used to complete this process. Quinn spent a lot of time discussing theory surrounding the process as well as how to mix and use the chemicals properly. He demonstrated every step of the process and I was also able to do some plates myself. I had such a great time! When I came back home I immediately started gathering materials and equipment so I could start doing to process myself. Quinn’s workshop along with all the wonderful resources in his book and website have made this process much more accessible. It is clear by his knowledge and the strength of his personal body of work that he has put an enormous amount of time into this process as well as other 19th century process. If you want to learn this process and/or wish to attend a workshop, I highly, highly recommend this workshop! The plates towards the end are my first plates…don’t judge…I have a long way to go!

Quinn made this plate to demonstrate the process:

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TJ made this plate of me (we traded plates…you’ll see a plate I did of him a little later):

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This is a small plate that was exposed using an Ansco film camera. You don’t have to have a large format camera to get started in this process. You could use a medium format camera like a Holga or even one of the earlier box-like cameras.

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Portrait of TJ:

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This plate was a bit of a group effort:

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Ok, these are my very first plates…I know I have a long way to go, but at least it’s a start!

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What I Did This Summer || Part 1: Denver, Colorodo

This past July I traveled to Denver, Colorodo to study the wet-plate collodion with Quinn Jacobson. I had a little extra time while I was there, so I traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park as well as Mt. Goliath and Mt. Evans. It was such a beautiful place and of course, quite different from South Carolina. When I left South Carolina I was at a mere 800 ft in elevation and by the time I got the Mt. Evans I was over 14,000 ft in elevation. Needless to say, not much hiking for me. It would have taken me a while to acclimate to the high altitude and I was definitely feeling a little bit of high altitude sickness by the time I drove to the summit. By the way, Mt. Evans is the highest elevated road in North America. Mom, if you are reading this, you may not want to look at the images with the roads in them…or just pretend I didn’t drive on them 🙂

The images I took around Summit Lake were my favs. It was interesting how the weather changed so drastically on the ascend. It was 70ish degrees and sunny before I started to drive up and then when I got the summit it was probably about 45ish degrees and stormy, with crazy lighting (I stayed in my car until the ranger said it was safe to get out) and thunder.I don’t claim to be a landscape photographer, but these are some of the sites I saw along the way.

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This image was taken at Rocky Mountain National Park with a Fujifilm X-Pro1.

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This image of the same scene as above was taken with a Burke & James 4×5 film camera and scanned using Kami Fluid Wet-Mount materials on an Epson Perfection V750.

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