Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Three Views

The great Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) made woodblock prints. Among his work was a series called "One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji." To see a selection of images, check out the British Museum's online tour.

When I stayed with Bob and Betty Sims in Boise last November, I photographed a piece of wood that came from the historic Minidoka War Relocation Center. Bob received it as a gift from a woman whose family obtained a barrack after the site was closed. This wood piece was left inside and now resides in his home office.

This picture was made with 120 B&W film on my medium
format camera. The wood piece In situ, or 'in position'
is located on the top of a bookcase. After the film was
processed, I made a print, then scanned
the print on a flatbed scanner.

My Canon 5D, a 35mm digital camera, was used
to photograph the wood piece on a black piece
of fabric. The light source was overhead and
creates flat and even lighting.

The same camera and black fabric
background was used in this picture. This
time the camera was placed on a tripod and I
used a long exposure and a small
flashlight to paint with light.

It would be a challenge to come up with 100 views, so here's just three views.

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