Dawn Redwood

Making a tree trunk portrait such as “Dawn Redwood” can be a bit of a challenge. In the process I take a series of photos walking around the tree. Step, shoot, step, shoot, step, shoot…. keeping the same camera elevation and distance from the tree. Each single shot must be cropped to a narrow rectangle to avoid too much distortion and then merged by hand to create a strip that is then wrapped into a circle making the ends meet.

The initial tree series was made for a biotech company that wanted trees from around the world. I saved on air travel by shooting the tree collection at the Harvard Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Boston.

Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood

Single shot

Single shot

Photo edit and merge

Photo edit and merge

Gunnison Desert

As temperatures rise I will revisit a piece I made following an artist residency in Paonia Colorado. I am starting to blog my artwork again after two years away due to hacker interference.

Gunnison Desert is a ceramic print. From a series of about 20 single exposure photographs I take while spinning my body on an axis, I merge the shots into a continuous panorama using a filter from Adobe Photoshop. Another filter takes the strip and joins the ends together to create a circular 360 degree panorama. This piece then is a radial perspective of where I stood. I have eliminated my standing area and some of the sky.

I complete the work using screen print, hand coloring, ceramic materials and firing. More later in future posts.

Gunnison Desert

Gunnison Desert

single shot

single shot

Photo merge

Photo merge

Ice Fishing

I am showing a photograph of a panorama of the frozen pond near our house in sympathy for folks affected by the frigid conditions across the country today. The holes in the ice were cut by an ice fisherman. Subsequent warm temperatures and rain created the jagged legs. Now the cracks and holes are frozen rock solid.

Ice fishing holes

Ice fishing holes