Posted: Jun 19, 2015
May & June get lumped together. Lots of packing. 56 years of house to deal with. Getting my replacements at Gryphon up and running. I took one of my cameras to work to shoot a bit. The ever-photogenic Paul Jacobs was found playing on an old Gibson upstairs.
I also went down to Rick Turner's guitar shop with Michael Simmons. Gryphon sells a lot of Rick Turner's instruments... guitars and ukuleles. & it's always a lot of fun going down there to pick out the wood for Rick to use when building the instruments.
Rick Turner playing a sycamore ukulele at his shop
Before packing up the copper plate project I thought I would take pictures of them in their current state. I wonder how they will look next time I see them.
It is amazing the variety of colors & patterns that your get with the simple application of vinegar, ammonia, water, baking soda, salt, water, leaves, heat & chemicals in different configurations & amounts.
Yes, I was playing with a number of copper plates. it is way too much fun... all you have to do is be patient & wait.
Sometimes I wonder how much of the process I was really able to control or to what degree.
Some of the plates were quite striking. There is always the temptation to stop the process at some dramatic point. But I always come back to wondering what it is going to do next.
And I wonder what causes certain patterns to develop.
This is an area on a copper plate where I left a few dense of crystals of something to dissolve over a few months..That was a year ago, now it is looking like this.
I can hear the accented voice now... \"Tell me vat you see in ze picture, Vatever first comes to your mind....\"
I also pulled out the 100 - 400mm lens again and played paparazzi to the onion flower.
And while packing up a box of old, rusty horse shoes (doesn't everyone have at least a dozen?) I pointed the big lens at them too.
It was a Full Moon... the overcast sky gave the night \"atmosphere\" ...and an excuse to play with the 100 - 400mm lens.