Posts Tagged ‘ Obama ’

A Turning Point

I have been debating with myself whether to make this change or not.  Its not lightly that I do this which I will explain later below. I have been mostly against this change for several months. But a turning point has been reached and its time to move.

What am I talking so vaguely about? I’m going to add a political dimension to this blog. What the hell does politics have to do with Large Format Photography? It could be everything as I will explain. Here’s the deal:

Barack Obama is a Socialist at best, perhaps an undeclared Marxist. He has rapidly moved he United States to Socialism under the guise of patriotism and what’s correct for the greater good. The principal players behind his election were definitely of the Socialist bent while others of his endorsers, including White House Staff members, are admitted Marxists. One, his so-called ‘Green Jobs” advisor has proclaimed himself to be a Marxist Revolutionary.

Those seem like harsh accusations. I expect a goon squad from ACORN to start hounding me in some away as soon as this entry is published. Tough shit. I’ll say it again; Barak Obama is a Socialist and perhaps a Communist. He wants the United States, as it was and as we knew, to cease to exist. In his own words as he has stated repeatedly to enact fundamental change upon the United States of America. I didn’t vote for him nor his “change”, but I don’t believe that a good number of well-meaning citizens voted for this sort of change either.  Two quotes from a recent article by Ben Stein are worth repeating:

“The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008. They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.”


“Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East, way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.”

The sooner Barack Obama and all his corrupt cronies are kicked out of power, the sooner we’ll have our cherished liberty and freedom out of danger.

Emporia Artist Walk & Flint Hills Landscapes

I will be located in the Pyramid Pizza building, 11 East 6th, downtown Emporia. The Emporia Artist Walk is Saturday, 18 April from 10 am to 4 pm.

With me at Pyramid Pizza will be Rachel Ferrara, a finely talented up-and-coming young photographer. Rachel is Fine Arts student at Emporia State University majoring in photography. I made this video of her senior project show last January.

I finished mounting the big Flint Hills prints. Quite the project to get that big triptych mounted. The final matted size is 40×20 inches. My Emporia  Artist Walk display will feature Black & White Flint Hills landscapes from Chase County, Greenwood County, Wabaunsee County, and Geary County.

Hope to see you at the Artist Walk.

On Road CR-2, Greenwood County

On Road CR-2, Greenwood County

Near Texaco Hill, Chase County

Near Texaco Hill, Chase County

A Different Look at the Flint Hills

On Road CR-2 Greenwood County

Near Texaco Hill, Greenwood County

Tully Hill Road, Geary County

Tully Hill Road, Geary County

Hard to believe that I haven’t updated this Blog since October. It’s been a busy year for everything except photography it seems. But, I haven’t been completely lazy.

My latest project on the Flint Hills makes use of multiple prints to form a panoramic display. Using two prints is called diptych (pronounced dip-tick). Using three prints is called a triptych (with similar pronunciation). (People with ArtSpeak  inherently know these pronunciations and meanings, but I was a farm boy and had to look them up.) Using this approach for panoramic landscape departs from the classic construction of a -tych. In the classic construction, each print may be entirely different yet the sum tells a story. I guess one could stretch that classic definition and say that the panorama tells a story about the landscape more adequately than single photographs.

For this technique, I use individual 4×5 negatives and make individual prints. After processing and drying, the prints are trimmed to match, then dry mounted on mat board.

Its really exciting to use multiple 11×14 prints. That brings the image up to a size that’s more in keeping with the feel of the Flint Hills. Using 8×10 prints for an 8×20 diptych or 10x 24 triptych is also nice. The 8×20 format is a standard banquet-camera size, the next step up from the 7×17 format that I use.

I’m participating in the Emporia Art Walk this year on Saturday April 18th. My goal is to have several of these panoramas on display and for sale. Hope to see you there.