Sunday, November 23, 2014

Not This Weekend

Well, the weather made a bummer of a weekend--no Ren Fest.

I did drive to the studio yesterday to the sounds of Frosty the Snowman, Silver Bells and White Christmas. Then stopped in Subway for lunch to the sounds of Blue, Blue Christmas. Something is afoot forsure.

I did get an early Christmas present yesterday--I am back on Flickr. For some reason I go for months when my password will not work and then poof I'm good again. I was four months behind and got about half of that caught up. I am sure I drive the 'friends' nuts with my multiple posts for which I am sorry but it's not my fault.

Flickr is an important venue. There are others out there but Flickr is the gold standard--or at least it was until they apparently recently changed the format. There was lots of complaining and when I got a comment on one of my photos I couldn't find a way to comment back. Hope they haven't screwed up Groups. I was in hopes we could use Groups for an upcoming group project.

Sort of running on empty today but that is probably good. Will be heading to Orange shortly to see a show of pottery. Hope the museum is photo friendly.Went to the Monet exhibit at the MFA a couple of days ago and wanted to buy a canvas on the way home but I knew it would just languish in the back of the closet.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wrapping up Barbarian Weekend

Well, today was to be my last trip to Ren Fest this year. Notice the ‘was to be.’ In all it has been a disappointment—especially the Barbarian Weekend that I had hoped to be the climax of a great few weekends of shooting. Actually it is not the festival that is the disappointment; it is that what I have accomplished photographically is well below what I feel I did last year. That is a disappointment.

If the weather is halfway descent I may just have to go to one or both of the two last weekends. Next weekend is Highland Fling followed by a Celtic Christmas. Got a goodly amount of Irish and Scots Irish mixed in with the Dutch, German and Cherokee so I might just feel at home. I just hate to quit with what I have done so far.

Part of the problem is the earlier than usual cold weather. Both yesterday and today were very cold and today it drizzled most of the time we were there. These last two trips were considerably more successful than the first two trips but still below what I would like to have accomplished.

I have still got lots to process but these seem to be the most successful shots of the day. 


Let's not forget why it is that we go to the Barbarian Weekend Sadly most Barbarians found more Western attire. Very sadly. This young couple was happy to stop to be photographed but they wanted to face me--I wanted to photograph them from the back, which I did when they walked off and you can see why. Remember it was very cold today. If I had gotten closer it would have shown the goose bumps. A very dedicated young lady.

I guess it is silly to go to a festival where people spend massive amounts of money for costumes and then not photograph the costume--but I am a collector of faces. I think there is a long story behind that and someday I may write about it. Let's just say that I think I understand why I am a collector of faces.
There is considerable debate regarding candid as opposed to engaging the person before taking the photograph. Few of these are candids--there are some. However I most often engage the person and ask permission to take their photograph. It may only be a very momentary connection that we make but I want that connection where possible--that is part of the story but I don't want to give away too much of the plot.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Renfest Barbarian Saturday

Clayton Gardinier, Michael Curso and I went to Renfest this morning. I almost made up for the unsuccessful previous trips. I am not finished processing but here are a few that I like.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christianity Texas Style

Just want to remind everyone that the opening for the Christianity Texas Style exhibit at the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum will be tomorrow night, Thursday, November 13th, 5 to 8 pm. I will be there.

I went over to assist Debi in shooting portraits for the officers of an artists group and was able to see the installation. I was very pleased.

I chose to frame the photographs in fairly ornate gold frames which to me seemed to be a traditional method of handling religious art. After making the decision and spending a considerable amount of money, I was concerned that most of the works would be framed more modern and mine would stand out like sore thumbs. Well, as it turns out there is a 'gold room' where some of the gold framed art from collectors is being hung and my two photographs flank a huge extremely ornate gold framed painting of the crucifixion. I couldn't have asked for a better presentation particularly since both of my photographs are of crucifix.

There is one very slight problem. One of my photographs is hung sideways, but it is my fault. I was in such a hurry when I picked them up from the framers that I did not notice that they had put the hanging wire on the back for a vertical. After the show I will change it back but for now it works either way and having three verticals works better than changing it to horizontal. I'm sure no other artist has ever had a problem with finding their work incorrectly orientated. Interestingly it changes the context entirely but as I say, it works either way. I will just have people tilt their heads if they want to see my version. LOL Yeah, I know. How can you display a photograph of a crucifix sideways and still have it work. Believe me it does. You will just have to come to the exhibit to see how.

Look forward to seeing as many as possible there. After the opening I will post images of the two that I submitted.

Aurora Open Studio November

Open studio at Aurora will be this coming Saturday. I may or may not be there as I had already committed to shooting Ren Fest with Clayton Gardinier. However the weather forecast is for high fifties and it is Barbarian Weekend (not to be missed at least in warmer weather) and I am not sure how much chain mail will be in evidence. I know it gets hot in Houston but if the cold would hold off for just a little while longer it would be appreciated.

I am still running behind on getting my hanging system installed but I promise, I promise by the December Open Studio I will have my work on display.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Marilyn Monroe Show with Jerry and Darnell

Jerry and Darnell Klumpp and I drove over to Bisong Gallery to see the exhibit Marilyn, Lost Photographs of a Hollywood Star. These are photographs of Marilyn Monroe that have not previously been published. Many are taken by personal friends. Some are on movie sets or on movie locations. Interesting show. It will be at the gallery only through Saturday of this week. Jerry and Darnell talked extensively with the couple that collected the images—I listened.

Bisong is in the vicinity of the Nance Hardy Studios. We walked around the neighborhood taking photographs, mostly strange parking meters, texture and graffiti. A couple of the old homes that are falling down that Debi, Alcy and I have photographed in the past are no longer very photogenic. They have been boarded up and painted to conceal all their character. Glad we got there when we did.

As we were waking back to the car we passed this door that said, “Knock and Wait.” Jerry and I both shot photographs of the door and as we were walking away Jerry asked if it was a restaurant. Although there were tables with umbrellas along the side, I wasn’t sure and asked if they were hungry. Parked along the street were fairly upscale cars, Audi’s, a BMW and a couple of Lexus. Darnell mentioned that it looked like a fairly okay clientele. The knock and wait sign along with one posted in the window saying that the meter maids circled the block every fifteen minutes suggested a little Hernando’s Hideaway atmosphere so I mentioned that maybe we should consider that crime also pays well. We decided to chance it. Jerry went back and knocked on the door. When a young lady answered he asked if it was a restaurant. She said it was so we all went in. Interesting atmosphere, Mexican. I decided to chance the Enchiladas and asked for the carne gravy on the side just in case. The Enchiladas were excellent, the prices reasonable. We really enjoyed it so I have one more place where I can eat.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Antique Store on Heights

Discovered the mother lode of crucifix...