The nights are now getting cool enough that I see frost on the lawn occasionally in the mornings now. This means it is coming time for the annual Headwaters Arts Festival and their grand Show and Sale (Sept 20 -29) . The show Jurors selected some of my new work to be in this year’s show. This new work is a mash-up of acrylic paint, photography and gel transfer on rough aluminum sheet. As always, most of the subject matter is about man-made objects in advanced stages of decay. All get a chance to tell their stories in my images.
Back in August, I was hunting for old farm machinery looking for more cogs, wheels and pulleys for my “Out of Context” series. This led me to drop in on a place I had spotted alongside the highway that had all kinds of used farm equipment parked in the field beside the house. I went to the door to introduce myself and ask if I could wander around and take some photos. Thus it was that I met Mr. Bell. And found out his son was Craig Bell and about my age. This coincidence was enough to get myself invited into the house to talk tractors and check out his tractor photos for a while. Once I got into the field I found that the equipment there was mainly tractors and not much that had the pulleys and wheels I wanted. But there was an oddly serene feel in the field. Usually these collections of old equipment seem a little melancholy to me, but this was more of a “pleasant retirement” kind of feel. I think it comes through in the photos I took that day.
A note for the photoshop geeks out there (Yes, I can say it out loud – I am a Photoshop geek!)… I used Kuler on the above two shots to re-tone the grass to a complementary tone of the red of the tractors. A very interesting tool that I will be continuing to experiment with…
The final photo is from an old military deuce-and-a-half I found in the grass
I have continued with my experiments with context. I have found a couple more images that seem to just “come alive” when the messy, complex background is removed from the image. I think I have enough now to consider starting a new album in my gallery for these type of images… Taken Out Of Context (the gallery) will appear soon. I have been looking for a new body of work to show at the SGI Art Show – this may be it.