Labor of Lomoknio

A test video of bass player Marcus Heffner shot with the Lomokino Super 35 Movie Maker. The hand-cranked camera shoots motion pictures onto traditional 35mm still photo film rolls.

When I stumbled upon the Lomokino Super 35 Movie Maker while combing through photography tags on Instagram before bed a few weeks ago, I immediately knew it was a camera I had to have! With my recent plunge into the traditional photographic darkroom (and return to shooting onto film), the camera seemed to offer the perfect marriage between the discoveries I was making about photochemical developing versus everything I already knew about video and film making.

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Posted in Experimental, Photography, Tips And Tricks, Video Production on August 9th, 2013. Comments Off.

Through An Antique Eye

Crew members of IndyCar Series driver Will Power push their car through Gasoline Alley prior to the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This image was created using a vintage Crown Graphic 4×5 camera loaded with Kodak Tri-X 320 film.

No matter which one of my disciplines I’m working within on a given day, I’m always looking for new ways of challenging myself creatively. Whether I’m using parts I’ve removed from theatrical spotlights to cast sharp shadows of dancers on a wall, or building a view camera from scratch out of foam core and toy magnifying glasses, using components and materials for things they were never intended for – and making the result actually work – is quite satisfying.

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Art Of The Storm

Snowflakes lit through color gels accumulate on a sheet of glass during an experimental shoot in East Chicago, Ind., early Friday, February 22, 2013.

Despite measly 5″ snow accumulation forecasts disappointing the snow lover in me, Chicago is expecting its largest snowfall of the season so far today. In the past weeks, unseasonably devoid of snowfall, I’d caught wind of a few great examples of snowflake photography online. Today’s storm brought a great opportunity to try my hand at lighting and photographing these microscopic gems first hand.

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Posted in Experimental, Photography, Tips And Tricks on February 22nd, 2013. Comments Off.

9-Span Industrial Grace

A view of the northbound end of the 9-Span Bridge in Hammond, Ind., late Sunday, January 13, 2013. The bridge, which has connected the cities of Hammond and East Chicago since 1937, will be closed permanently on Monday for demolition and replacement.

Perhaps it can be attributed to my upbringing in one of the most industrial parts of the United States (I’m sure being really interested in engineering and technology hasn’t hurt), but I have a huge soft spot in my heart when it comes to giant structures that have been a part of the local landscape for my entire life. Enter the 9-Span Bridge, the hulk of rusty green steel which carries Indianapolis Blvd. over the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad’s Gibson Yard just a mile or so from my home. Built in 1935 and opened in 1937, the bridge has connected the cities of Hammond and East Chicago, Indiana, for over 75 years.

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Posted in Experimental, Photography on January 14th, 2013. 6 Comments.