APPARITION - “The spiritualistic manifestation of a person or object in which a form not actually present is seen with such intensity that belief in its reality is created.” It is also said to be the ancient and all-encompassing belief in apparitions and ghosts is based on the idea that “the spirit of person is endowed with volition and motion of its own.”
Description of Work:
Technically, these images are all accomplished in camera: A lengthy shutter speed, combined with the model's being in frame for about half of that time period gives her the transparent appearance. Black and white negative film is utilized for image capture.
A variety of printing techniques were used to produce the images. Traditional silver gelatin prints, augmented by selenium toning and acid bleaching are most frequently employed. I have fallen under the spell of the so-called “alternative” (I prefer the term “archaic”) prints, to include Van Dyke, salt, and cyanotype. Perhaps these represent my counter-revolutionary retort to the Digital Age, as well as my homage to those 19th century chemists who made photography a reality.
Affiliations & Awards:
CameraSouth Invitational: Jurist (2005 & 2006)
35th Annual Naval and Maritine Photography Competition, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings: 2 honorable mentions (April 2007)
Press Club of Mobile (August 2006): "Excellence in Human Interest Photography in a Non-Daily Newspaper"
WireImage's "Images of the Year 2005:" Several citations
People's Art Exhibition Space 301 (Mobile, AL): Merit Award (Juried)
Mobile Bay Monthly: "The Arts - Best Photographer"
Recent Performances / Publications / Expositions:
Work published in Lagniappe, Proceedings: Journal of the U.S. Naval Institute and Mobile Bay Monthly
Apparitions: Metalbenders Gallery (Fairhope, AL - June 1-30, 2007)
The Man Show: The Chesser Gallery (Mobile, AL - March 2007)
Transformation: Photography of the 21st Century: Space 301 (Mobile, AL -May 13 - July 9, 2006)
Price Range: $300 - $750