I/Eye: On Photography

Untitled

Posted in Heavens, Trees by Sheila Newbery on June 29, 2010
Untitled (Berkeley, 2010) © Sheila Newbery

Untitled (Berkeley, 2010) © Sheila Newbery

180 degrees from Target

Posted in Landscape by Sheila Newbery on June 27, 2010

Off-ramp, I (Albany, CA, 2010) © Sheila Newbery

Heading down to the tracks, evening coming on

Posted in Landscape by Sheila Newbery on June 23, 2010

Untitled (Albany, CA) © Sheila Newbery

Playing fields

Posted in Landscape by Sheila Newbery on June 20, 2010

Playing fields (Albany, CA, 2010) © Sheila Newbery

Exclusive Buttons

Posted in Artisans & Merchants by Sheila Newbery on June 19, 2010

From the Artisans & Merchants series: Vince Sortile of the Exclusive Buttons shop (El Cerrito, California). Vince’s store is tiny, the stock super-abundant. Walk into the place, and you can imagine what it must be like to be an acquisitive starfish ensconced in a sunken treasure-chest…

Vince’s father was a green grocer in Berkeley, but the business was not congenial to a seeker of treasures. In the 80s — and on into the early 90s, during the height of the savings & loan crisis, Vince bought out the button stock of failing five and dime stores around the country, and thus slowly, patiently enlarged his collection. A history of buttons lies enfolded in this place’s miniature splendor: the flamboyant beauty of artful specimens fabricated in materials no longer being produced is just one starting point…

Vince Sortile of Exclusive Buttons (El Cerrito, CA, 2006)

Head in the clouds

Posted in Heavens by Sheila Newbery on June 7, 2010

I try to get as close as I can…. I have access to five roof-tops in Berkeley, but on occasion I’ve shot clouds from street-level (though this can be dangerous, since concentrating on the gigantic energy of the sky isn’t compatible with keeping an eye on traffic).

This image was shot on film on my medium-format Hasselblad (with a 150mm lens). The lens varies, depending on the scene, and many a shot is lost from not getting to the right glass in time….

Cloud study (Berkeley, 2010) © Sheila Newbery

Cloud study (Berkeley, 2010) © Sheila Newbery

Smoke signals: looking toward the Chevron refinery, twilight

Posted in Landscape by Sheila Newbery on June 1, 2010

Pattern of emissions, Chevron refinery, twilight (Berkeley, 2009) © Sheila Newbery

Pattern of emissions, Chevron refinery, twilight (Berkeley, 2009) © Sheila Newbery