I/Eye: On Photography

Queen’s Day in Amsterdam (tree reflections)

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on May 15, 2013
Tree branches (Amsterdam, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

Tree branches (Amsterdam, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

Platinum palladium print, 11 x 8.25″ (image size) on Arches Platine. Amsterdam was teeming with party-goers on Queen’s Day, because it was also the day of the investiture of the new king. Party boats with between 10–25 people each, rigged out in orange, were making slow, clamorous progress around the city, churning up the quieter backwaters, making the old bricks quiver. The folks on board waved ecstatically to those of us on shore. Along the margins, the reflections of the branches undulating in the water grew frenetic and loopy — the surface was pulsating in mesmerizing, wildly shifting patterns: A thousand different images every minute. I pointed my lens downward.

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Los Caprichos: Porque rompió las reglas.

Posted in Los Caprichos by Sheila Newbery on February 27, 2013

Porque rompió las reglasI’m now working with lettering directly on the prints… Here’s an updated version of “Porque rompió las reglas (Because he broke the rules)” from Los Caprichos: platinum palladium prints inspired by Goya’s 18th-century satirical masterpiece.

“Caprichos” means literally: whims. Images from this series are photographed from video source and printed in platinum palladium. In keeping with the spirit of Goya’s mordant titles, I’ve given each image a caption — in Spanish.

Snowstorm, Ohio

Posted in Trees by Sheila Newbery on February 8, 2013
Snowstorm, Ohio (palladium print, 10 1/2x15") 2013 © Sheila Newbery

Snowstorm, Ohio (palladium print, 10 1/2×15″) 2013 © Sheila Newbery

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Juxtaposition: live wires

Posted in On the street, Other Artists by Sheila Newbery on January 17, 2013
Observations, San Francisco (platinum palladium print, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

Observations, San Francisco (platinum palladium print, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

The elements of this landscape brought to mind artist Randy Twaddle’s breathtaking Distribution Drawings. I heard him talk not long ago about making these large-scale drawings, which synthesize photographic printing techniques with a chancy hand-held “drawing-with-liquid” — coffee, as it turns out — where marks are made using gravity (and the paper’s native characteristics of absorption), rather than brush or pencil. The results are beautiful and intriguing.

‘New Drawings’ by Randy Twaddle is on view at the Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas, Texas through March 16, 2013.

News

Posted in News by Sheila Newbery on January 12, 2013
Cover idea for *Los Caprichos*

Cover idea for *Los Caprichos*

I’m imagining what a cover for Los Caprichos might look like—this is one idea (above)— only with an 18th-century roundhand script. Something like this: Meanwhile, I’m pleased that one of the Caprichos will be included in the 12th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, to be held at the Texas Woman’s University Art Gallery (Denton, TX), from February 21st–March 2, 2013. The juror was Sarah Kennel, Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC). The proceeds from the Exhibition go to funding graduate-level training in the visual arts at the University.

In March, I’ll be returning to Santa Fe for the Radius Book Weekend led by Magnum photographer Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb (author of My Dakota and Radius co-founder/book designer David Chickey.  I went to the workshop in 2011, with the Caprichos in an as yet inchoate form. At right about that time, I’d also met and started working with Josh Partridge, grandson of Imogen Cunningham, who’d just completed a limited-edition set of palladium prints of several of his grandmother’s negatives for 21st Edition’s monograph on the photographer. It’s really Josh who made it possible to start printing the Caprichos in platinum palladium — he gave me time in his own studio to make the first test prints, and more importantly, didn’t laugh at my temerity in asking for his help.

Thank you, Josh.

The studio tree

Posted in Trees by Sheila Newbery on January 11, 2013
The studio tree (platinum palladium print, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

The studio tree (platinum palladium print, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

Monet had his cathedral; I have a tree — the one outside our studio…

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Caprichos: En la cima sólo hay lugar para uno

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on December 5, 2012
En la cima sólo hay lugar para uno (palladium print, 2012) from *Los Caprichos: after Goya*

En la cima sólo hay lugar para uno (palladium print, 2012) from *Los Caprichos: after Goya*

En la cima sólo hay lugar para uno  (“There’s only room for one at the top”) from Los Caprichos: after Goya: platinum palladium prints inspired by the 18th-century satirical masterpiece.

“Caprichos” means literally: whims. Images from this series are photographed from video source and printed in platinum palladium. In keeping with the spirit of Goya’s mordant titles, I’ve given each image a caption — in Spanish.

Nadie se dió cuenta de la transformación.

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on November 16, 2012
Nadie se dió cuenta de la transformación (palladium print, 2012) from "Los Caprichos: after Goya"

Nadie se dió cuenta de la transformación (palladium print, 2012) from “Los Caprichos: after Goya”

“Nadie se dió cuenta de la transformación,” (“Nobody noticed the transformation”) from Los Caprichos: after Goya: platinum palladium prints inspired by the 18th-century satirical masterpiece.

“Caprichos” means literally: whims. Images from this series are photographed from video source and printed in platinum palladium. In keeping with the spirit of Goya’s mordant titles, I’ve given each image a caption — in Spanish.

Los prisioneros

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on October 20, 2012
"Los Prisioneros" from *Los Caprichos: after Goya* (palladium print, 2012) © Sheila Newbery

“Los Prisioneros” from *Los Caprichos: after Goya* (palladium print, 2012) © Sheila Newbery

“Los prisioneros,” (“Prisoners”) from  Los Caprichos: after Goya: a 21st-century adaptation of an 18th-century masterpiece. Inspired by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’ well known album of eighty satirical aquatints, published in 1799.

“Caprichos” means literally: whims. Images from this series are photographed from video source and printed in platinum palladium. In keeping with the spirit of Goya’s mordant titles, I’ve given each image a caption — in Spanish.

Él que pincha y corta

Posted in Los Caprichos, Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on July 18, 2012
"Él que pincha y corta" from *Los Caprichos* (2012) by Sheila Newbery

“Él que pincha y corta” from *Los Caprichos* (2012) by Sheila Newbery

 

“Él que pincha y corta” (“The mover and shaker”) from Los Caprichos: after Goya: platinum palladium prints inspired by the 18th-century master Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’ well known album of eighty satirical aquatints, published in 1799.

‘Caprichos’ means literally: whims. Images from this series are photographed from video source on a 4×5 Crown Graphic press camera and are printed on Revere Platinum.

In keeping with the spirit of Goya’s mordant commentary, I’ve given each of the images a caption — in Spanish.