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A Really Real Night Shot
My obsession with "real night shots," already recounted here, has pushed me to attempt shots that make no sense. Woken up by a coughing fit on our recent camping trip, I spent twenty minutes taking pictures of the sea. It was very dark, with only the faintest glimmer of moonlight towards the horizon. But that's why the resulting images are special to me. They represent the extreme in my quest for blackness. I encourage you to turn off all the lights and stare at this picture for a while, until you start to make out details. It's a good Zen exercise. A great one, actually, since there comes a point when you can't tell whether you're seeing gradations or merely imagining them.

I like the idea of having to work for one's light.

Mode: back in black
Muse: Procession - New Order - Substance (Disc 2)

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From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

a little work

and it looks like the ocean as imagined by a mid-90's postage stamp sized cd-rom movie. or a nuclear test. those were the days, either of them.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 10th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: a little work

That's great, Matt. Bringing out the hidden data. You've made my day, well, pink and purple!
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: June 10th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: a little work

That's way cool. And to imagine that I was sleeping in the tent when all this was going on. Hmmmm.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
oh wow, charlie. that is exactly the same theme as my work -- images shrouded or images obscured. i was using murky, grainy photos from underwater at loch ness and making huge charcoal drawings from them. it was amazing what viewers found lurking in those inky depths! i loved it.

and to piggyback on matthew cook's work....i did these very thinly layered paintings of just a few brushstrokes that look just grey. then i scanned them into photoshop and wacked up the brightness/contrast settings and there were entire new worlds in there i had never seen!

it was awesome.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 12th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Man, I'd love to see a bunch of your art. I wasn't thinking data, really, when Matt Cook did his thing with my photo, but it seems perfect in retrospect. I love that something that speaks through a veil.

Maybe you can leave me some pictures of your work to go through when I'm at your place.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2004 09:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago recently had an exhibit of photos like yours. I have forgotten the photogrpaher's name, but he would set up his camera overlooking a large body of water from a great height. He exposed the film for long times at night (always moonless, if I remember). You pic reminded me of those. Mark Johnson Chicago
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 12th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Art Institute

Thanks! Let me know if you think of the artist's name.
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