Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Afterlife of an Orchid

Scanning finished prints is not the most glamorous or exciting work, I guess that is why it has taken me so long to get through the finished orchid series. Each image takes 4 scans and some piecing together in Photoshop which is quite laborious. I have scanned all 100 finished prints from the series and pieced together 1 of each of the 20 orchids (I printed them in variable editions of 5). After a little editing I came up with 18 I am happy with and they are now up on my website for viewing. I would like to show the series and so I must begin the somewhat daunting search for a good venue.

Orchid 18 © Lauren Doran 2008

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Serendiptious Inspiration

I have been struggling recently with equipment frustration. I have been known to say things like "If I only had a digital slr..." or "If I only had some better lighting equipment...." And, yes these things might help me out, they might make shooting easier and faster. But as I look into pricing I am always daunted by the enormous cost involved. Until now, most of the photography equipment I own has fallen into my lap. My medium format camera and my darkroom were all Ian's grandfather's, stored for many years and given to us by his mother. I have started to think that perhaps when the time is right for new equipment, doors will open that make it possible to do (without going into debt or selling my soul). Serendipitously, just as I started to realize this I came across a book of photography at the bookstore that inspired me and made me realize I have everything I need. The book is a series of wildlife photographs from east Africa where I have had the amazing fortune to visit. I am not usually drawn to wildlife imagery, but these are different, these are portraits. I was so drawn to the images in this book that I went home and did some research to learn more about this photographer and his methods. It turns out the images are shot on B&W film using a medium format camera quite similar to what I own. The photographer then scans his 120 negatives and processes them in Photoshop, both things I am capable of doing. He then prints on an archival inkjet printer, which I don't yet own, but until one comes my way I can get the work printed by a lab or service bureau. This hybrid method of working is one I have been considering for quite a while; it was so inspiring to find such amazing work being done this way in a time where digital cameras seem to rule the world. The artist is Nick Brandt. Visit his website and check out his books.
Elephant Drinking © Nick Brandt 2007

Friday, April 3, 2009

Hello Summer

On Wednesday morning I walked out the front door to get the mail and I was hit by an unexpected wall of humidity. Later that same day I decided to walk to the grocery store and I got caught in a downpour on the way home. It was the kind of rain that brings out the smell of wet earth (or sand as the case most often is here) and heightens the fragrances of flowers and plants. It was a warm rain which other than drenching your clothes, is actually quite pleasant. All this points to arrival of summer here on April 1st. It seems as if the humidity and rain switch was hit; it was such a sudden change. The winter in Florida was amazing, but here comes the other half of that equation...the heat. Hopefully I will adjust well as my belly continues to swell.