top: PolaMap 1796
30″ x 20″
above: PolaMap 112
20″ x 18.5″
These are digital photographs of physical objects (Mylar plastic and water) and aside from minor color correction and contrast adjustments this is what they look like right out of the camera – or cameras in the case of this body of work.* Maybe it’s because of my background shooting animation on 35 mm film (when I began my career in Detroit) but I like to get everything as close to perfect as I can in camera, and spend as little time in front of a display as possible.
As with most of my work on this blog, if you click on photos (not the top image) it will take you to other images in the series.
* I originally made the first test images of this work on 35mm film using a Nikon F5, a Nikon 105mm macro lens and a cable release. I exposed a few rolls of Fuji Velvia 50 which at the time seemed to lend itself to the bold colors in this series. But I didn’t want to have to scan the iconic film, which for me is notoriously difficult to work with in the digital darkroom. So to create the images in this series, I ended up using Canon’s 1Ds MKIII, and 5DsR cameras and both the Nikon D800 & D810 cameras.