paper PINHOLE camera [STD-35]

STD-35 Pinhole

I love cam­eras — plas­tic ones, under­wa­ter, paper, and dis­pos­able; although I nev­er real­ly throw them away. I wrote a lit­tle while back about the Truck Pin­hole Cam­era this is a small­er ver­sion of that fab­u­lous low tech adven­ture of pho­tog­ra­phy. This is the STD-35 pin­hole camera.

from the lomo site:
Craft­ed in Japan, this is a do-it-your­self pin­hole cam­era in a league of its own. First off, it uses the easy 35mm film & nor­mal devel­op­ment that we all know and love. As with all things pin­hole, you’ll get dreamy soft focus images with straight wide-angle lines and end­less depth of field. Its 20mm angle of view cap­tures a fat & wide chunk of every­thing in front of the cam­era. It’s con­struct­ed of stur­dy 1mm paper card, secured with rub­ber bands, and includes all the tape and fix­ins that you need. We clocked about 1 hour from unpack­ing to com­plete assem­bly. Not to men­tion, this lit­tle guy is cute as a but­ton and unbe­liev­ably func­tion­al once it’s all put together.

You can get one at the lomo pin­hole cam­era store. As much as I love tak­ing dig­i­tal pho­tos there are some amaz­ing things that hap­pen using these lit­tle film cam­eras that you can get at the lomog­ra­phy store. If you don’t know about Lomo or the crazy band of cultish pho­to folks that use them beware. If you see these real­ly sweet cam­eras you’ll be spend­ing lots of cash col­lect­ing each and every one. They are won­der­ful toys.

My addic­tion start­ed with the action sam­pler seen below. I own the clear one below and a black ver­sion of the action sam­pler milk [the white one]. These take four expo­sures on one frame of 35 mm film; about a sec­ond apart. Ter­rif­ic fun. Like hav­ing your own pho­to­booth you can car­ry around. Occas­sion­aly things get very wierd with dou­ble expo­sures and the like… the oppor­tu­ni­ties for the unex­pect­ed are limitless.
I also have a groovy ver­ti­cal four expo­sure ver­sion too. It’s bright yellow.
Action Sampler ClearAction Sampler Milk

Then I had to move up to the LOMO KOMPAKT. This is a a fab­u­lous lit­tle Russ­ian cam­era. It was what real­ly got me crazed. This isn’t one of those lit­tle plas­tic cam­eras… you can get a refur­bished one these days. Check out lots of Lomo action at flckr there is a huge LOMO com­mu­ni­ty there.

Lomo Kompakt

Then the Hol­ga a 2.25 x 2.25 plas­tic cam­era. This is prob­a­bly the biggest chal­lenge of the bunch. It always has light leaks and you may find your­self using tape to try to seal the lit­tle spaces at the seams. Still its great fun. This image is of the flash ver­sion. I have the orig­i­nal. No flash for me.


These are some of my good friends I hope you enjoyed meet­ing them.

Google LOMO, you have hours of fun.

come in or not

philadelphia open studios

Vis­i­tors look­ing at work in my open stu­dio. It’s real­ly inter­est­ing how this all works. If I sit or stand in my stu­dio wait­ing for vis­i­tors to arrive they look in and pass by… but if I step away, maybe vis­it anoth­er artist in the hall­way — peo­ple wan­der in.

I test­ed this numer­ous times through­out the weekend.

Some­times I sat in the stu­dio and a passer­by would stick their head in the door­way. Some would­n’t even break the plane of the space in the door­way. If I waved them in they would walk on by. What was this moment of inde­ci­sion all about? Did they feel as uncom­fort­able as I did? Did they want to look at my work with­out me there? Did they want to talk about the work and not have me overhear?

In this image, which I took while stand­ing out­side the stu­dio, peo­ple seemed quite com­fort­able wan­der­ing around the space and look­ing at the work. The only thing I could do was dis­ap­pear. Then they weren’t con­cerned in any way. This isn’t to say that peo­ple did­n’t ask me ques­tions about the work. There were many folks that thought my draw­ings were prints. Sev­er­al asked about how I actu­al­ly made the dif­fer­ent marks. Many were intrigued by the tech­niques used.

Adirondack lakeside retreat

plein air drawing

We have been back from our vaca­tion in the woods for almost two weeks now. The pace of life has changed and this is the first time I have had to write about the trip.

Each morn­ing began with a sim­ple rit­u­al. Sleepy eyed and rum­pled I put the the ket­tle on the stove to make the cof­fee. While wait­ing for the water to boil and after the oblig­i­to­ry trip to the out­house was made I would assem­ble my draw­ing mate­ri­als on the deck posi­tion­ing for a new view each day. By the time the cof­fee was ready the sun offered enough light to con­sid­er mak­ing a draw­ing. The plein air expe­ri­ence cre­at­ed a whole new set of marks and approach that I had­n’t tried before. It yield­ed dif­fer­ent shapes and tex­tures. It was a fab­u­lous expe­ri­ence to make draw­ings out­side. Much has to be con­sid­ered to cre­ate a work­space that allows for spon­tane­ity and order. The image above is a typ­i­cal set up for the near­ly two dozen draw­ings I was able to make.

Netgear Wi-Fi Phone for Skype

skype phone

How cool is this?

[RETAIL: $228]
I don’t know about you but I love skype and the Net­gear’s Skype Wi-Fi phone makes it all a lit­tle bet­ter. Just be in range of a Wi-Fi sig­nal and this Nokia 3120 dop­pel­ganger func­tions like your aver­age mobile phone.

from wired gadgets: 

From San Fran­cis­co’s Union Square, I placed and received calls with­out being tied to a lap­top, found new Skype users, and called a friend’s land­line all for free (for a lim­it­ed time only). The sound was great, and I was able to thank my grand­par­ents for last year’s Christ­mas presents. (That was a bit late, eh?) With this awe­some Skype phone, I’ll be spend­ing a lot more time call­ing neglect­ed loved ones. — Rachel Swaby
[RATING: 9/10] [ ]

Stone series : new drawings

stone series number one

stone series : tidal pool 2006

You are invit­ed to my stu­dio dur­ing Philadel­phia Open Stu­dio Tour [POST] for smARTS does POST weekend..

Come see my new work, have some tasty bits, bring old friends and meet new ones. More than 16 of my fel­low artists will be par­tic­i­pat­ing so there’s plen­ty of art to see and expe­ri­ence. Ceram­ics, glass­blow­ing, fused glass, stained glass, tex­tiles, paint­ing, and of course drawings.

This image is one of the nine draw­ings in my stones series from this sum­mer. Also, draw­ings from the cos­mic plains series drawn on black sur­faces which were select­ed for the Con­tem­po­rary Works Show, and the lat­est from my year­ly pil­grim­age to the Adiron­dacks.

I’ll be in the stu­dio from noon until 6 pm both Sat­ur­day and Sun­day Octo­ber 7 and 8.

At 5:15 there will be a ded­i­ca­tion of Kate Kaman’s Growth Rings sculp­ture at Sher­man Mills. This is a breath­tak­ing addi­tion to the local skyline.
Sher­man Mills : East Falls

Build­ing 32 Stu­dio 217

3510 Scotts Lane

Philadel­phia, PA 19129