I/Eye: On Photography

Variation on Diebenkorn

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on September 23, 2015
Variation on Diebenkorn. 2015

Variation on Diebenkorn. 2015

Brad Boca at Candela Fine Art has been doing beautiful drum scans of the still life work I shot during the summer months when it’s too hot to print (with the temperatures soaring into the mid-nineties in the platinum palladium room). Here’s a sample. I work on a combination of instant film and color transparency. The instant film is for proofing the composition and lighting. The color transparency is for the “final” image and is the medium that gets drum-scanned.

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Green beret

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on September 15, 2014
2014 © Sheila Newbery

2014 © Sheila Newbery

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Preparation

Posted in Still life by Sheila Newbery on September 12, 2014
Two vases (phone camera) 2014 © Sheila Newbery

Two vases (phone camera) 2014 © Sheila Newbery

More Caprichos are in the works… Meanwhile, I’ve been sketching with the phone camera, working on still life ideas — and I liked this image. (Think I may do a series of them on Fuji instant film. It would help empty out the fridge…)

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Still life with Bosc pears

Posted in Still life, Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on August 21, 2014

Still life with vases and Boscs, 2014 © Sheila Newbery

Still life with vases and Boscs, 2014 © Sheila Newbery

Turning to the world inside the studio at the moment — and there’s a lot going here. I’ve submitted a portfolio of the Ohio Woods work to Photolucida’s 2014 Critical Mass. This is my first time doing it, so I’m not sure what to expect or how fruitful it’ll be. Meanwhile, the Caprichos are undergoing intensive changes and each one requires hours of focused work. Sometimes I need a change of pace — so I’ve been doing some still life. It sounds easy, or at least easier, than many types of photography, but it in fact it’s a mysterious and exacting discipline. I’ve been an admirer of Jan Groover’s work for some time, and still remember a Morandi show at SF’s Paul Thiebaud Gallery that I saw years ago. I’d always meant to set aside the time to work at it.

We’ve got a great junk shop here in Berkeley — Urban Ore; it’s where I bought the trunk this group is sitting on. It’s not too heavy (the trunk), and I can move it around the studio, following the light. One thing I’ve learned the hard way: every object has to contribute vitality to the picture.

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Getting ready for November

Posted in News, Still life, Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on October 24, 2013
Bosc (platinum palladium print, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

Bosc (platinum palladium print, 2013) © Sheila Newbery

In addition to Ohio Woods, the body of slow-shutter work I’ll be showing at the Arterra Gallery in SF in November, some of my still lifes will also be on view—including this platinum palladium print (above).  Please come join me at the opening reception on November 7, 6–8pm, at the Arterra Gallery, 300 Berry Street, San Francisco.

Still life

Posted in Still life, Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on June 10, 2011
Reserved (Oakland Columbarium 2011) © Sheila Newbery

Reserved (Oakland Columbarium 2011) © Sheila Newbery

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