I've been running under the radar since our failed attempt at photographing in Yosemite last summer. Just keeping my focus, excuse the pun, on my students and teaching for the most part. I have a tremendous amount of work to do to balance the books on our Yosemite Kickstarter campaign and I am finally feeling the urge to move forward. My apologies to those that have been waiting through the delay. Since I last posted, I somehow became involved with my former student Kaleb Foshee's obsession with the idea to use a 4x5 camera underwater. We've been doing a good deal of diving and I've fallen in love with the underwater world again and I've been doing my fair share of learning photography while down there and documenting Kaleb's project. Also, last semester I had the opportunity to teach an Alternative Photographic Processes course for the first time and it was an awesome experience, that has inspired me down the path of Van Dyke Brown printing and hopefully some of my more terrestrial images will start showing up in Van Dyke Brown prints. Here's to moving forward. The above image was shot in Jug Hole which is at the headwatwers for the Ichetucknee River. Dominick
We are under 10 days and counting down for our expedition to Mt. Ansel Adams. We've been going over all of the lists and supplies again and again and both Karen and I are getting really excited for the adventure. Yesterday I had the pleasure of paddling on the Wacissa River with friends and was able to try out the Shen Hao 617 for the first time in less than desirable conditions. It was about 100F, 110% humidity and I had been sheltering under the tree in the photogrph during a rainstorm just before this image was made. I am very happy with the results for a shake-down cruise with brand-new, unfamiliar equipment. Looking forward to putting lots of film through this rig on the way to the mountain.
If you are interested in following our expedition, we will be posting as often as possible to the FaceBook page:
I've been shooting as much as possible now that school is out for the summer. There's honestly not much I can think of that I would rather be doing than actively exploring and photographing. We've spent a great deal of time on the Alapaha, Alapahoochee, and Dead Rivers and the photographic results have been mixed. Sometimes you just have to keep working even when things aren't quite coming together. I went on a reconnaissance trip to Bloxam yesterday with Bryan Garris and we found an amazing spot that I will be returning to regularly. And sometimes, it all starts to come together as long as I keep working at it.
Our Kickstarter funded!!! Thank you so much to all who have supported us and we are on our way to Yosemite for 12 days with 4x5 and 617 cameras July 27th. If you're interested in following the progress of the trip check in here or on Facebook Page: Going to the Mountain.
Spent yesterday on the Alapahoochee River with my painter friend Julie Bowland. We paddled upstream past Turket Falls to the Shoals. Looking forward to seeing the results when I finish processing the film. Here is a short video of the scene at the shoals. Simply amazing scenery!
That moral dilemma, cheap goods on the interweb... I mean, I really love that I can afford to purchase items that are necessary for producing my work at a greatly reduced price but I hate not supporting local businesses when i make purchases through the interweb. Huge shout out to the folks at Trail and Ski in Tallahassee!!! I called and asked if they would fit my backpack that I purchased online for my yosemite trip and I would happily pay them for their services. They offered to do it for free :) I still plan on paying them!!!
So, today I started training with a very lightly loaded pack. Getting in shape for our trip to Mt. Ansel Adams in late July. I genuinely enjoy listening to other artists describe their process. Well, this is part of the process for the work that will be made in Yosemite this July. There are 14 days left to pledge to our Kickstarter Campaign. We are currently 74% funded. So, we're close and just need a little push to make it the rest of the way. Pledges in any amount are welcome and rewards ( photographs) are available starting at the $30 pledge level.
Thank you to Jessica Pope for the press release from Valdosta State University announcing our kickstarter campaign!!! Click image below to read the release.
Spent an incredible day yesterday with Bryan Garris and Todd Bertolaet photographing on the Alapahoochee River . None of us had made the downstream trip before. Thankfully, Todd voted for making the half-trip which turned out to be a full day with photographing. We encountered some not at all safe for photo equipment shoals where we had to get out and guide the boats through. I always like an adventure! Looking forward to posting some scans very soon.
Here's a short video clip from when we reached Turket Falls.
Amazed that after three days our Kickstarter Campaign is at 50% funding!!! I have no past experience with "crowd-funding" but this seems pretty incredible to me! A huge THANK YOU to all who have pledged as your support is indispensable in this project. Please continue to share this opportunity. We are starting to get really excited about photographing some of the same territory documented by all of the great west coast masters with the use of the Shen Hao 6x17 camera that this funding will support. This would not be possible without your support. So, again I thank you and look forward to the journey and the delivery of your rewards.
Please continue to share this opportunity with others and again THANK YOU!!!
Dominick & Karen
On another positive note, finally getting out on the Alapahoochee River tomorrow with a few fellow friends and photographers and cannot wait to put some film through the 6x7!!!
So, I think I posted the Kickstarter Campaign at about 8pm last night. As of this afternoon the campaign is 24% funded which I think is fantastic. Please share with your friends and to those who have pledged already a huge Thank You!!! Also, I have finally posted in Instagram and will be posting as often as possible to Instagram while in Yosemite as well as to the Facebook page for our expedition. You can follow our progress through: Facebook or Instagram.
So, VSU decided not to fund the grant for the expedition to Yosemite in July. Somehow the review committee could not understand that using a 6x17 panoramic camera in a completely different landscape/environment/ecosystem was a pretty radical departure from my current body of work. Not to worry, the trip is not derailed!!! Plane tickets have been purchased, reservations for back-country access to Yosemite have been secured and we are still headed to walk in the footsteps of the master. The only difference is I'll be shooting exclusively 4x5 unless we can secure funding through our Kickstarter Campaign. Please check out the Kickstarter site. Their are rewards for donations from $30 - $500. Until then it is shooting commercial work to put food on the table and finding time to get out to the rivers with friends and film.
So, I must get into better physical condition if I am going to hike to, climb, and photograph Mt. Ansel Adams in late July. Started the process today. Oddly enough I found myself at the track of the high school where I ended my high school career early, quitting in my junior year. Climbed the bleachers 20 times and cooled off by walking 4 laps around the track. Not a bad start.
Happy to announce that my photograph Big Oak, North of the Georgia Line won an Honorable Mention Award at the 2nd Biennial Wings and Waters Juried Exhibition of 2D and 3D art in Prarie du Sac, Wisconsin. This photograph is part of the WayDown portfolio that was created on the Suwannee River during the summer of 2013.
So, it turns out that the real trick to having one's work shown in adjudicated, national exhibitions is to submit works to adjudicated, national exhibitions. Happy to announce that work from my Suwannee River expedition is still finding an audience at the national level. This week, work was accepted into PhotoSpiva 2016, which is the longest running national photography competition in the nation.
We've had a great deal of rain in the region and I'm waiting for the rivers to go back down a bit before heading out to shoot. On a positive note, the WayDown work created on the Suwannee River continues to be accepted into National exhibitions, which is very exciting. Currently there are pieces from the portfolio in the New Hampshire Art Institute 2015 Biennial Exhibition, the 5th Annual Armstron National 2-D Competition, and in March there will be a piece in the 2nd Biennial Wings and Water Exhibition. Karen and I are pulling together information to submit our application for Backcountry Wilderness permits for our upcoming trip to Yosemite in July. Anyone in the local area, I will be making some small, silverprints for auction by the WWALS Watershed Coalition February 27th at Valdosta State University.
Admittedly, I am definitely late to the Blogosphere.
This is more of an attempt to keep current on updating the website and sharing more of the process that takes place behind the finished photographs and to acknowledge many of the people that make my process of making photography possible on a daily basis.
Personally, I have not been able to find the words to express how fortunate I am to have a career built around exploring the natural world and recording my experience with the aid of a camera. When not engaged in creating my own works, I have the incredible, good fortune to spend my days teaching others about the art, science, and magic of photography.
Regarding my personal photographic work, I have spent much of the past year in a desperate struggle with Fuji Acros 100 ASA film while photographing the Alapaha and Dead Rivers near Jasper, Florida. On my Suwannee River Trip, I had reasonable success with Fuji Acros and Kodak D-76 developer but for the past year I've not produced a satisfactory negative with this combination no matter how much I retarded the development time. I have been spending amazing time on the rivers, in some of the most beautiful scenery, with my friends and colleagues: Julie Bowland, Todd Bertolaet, and last but not least Bryan Garris (Author of portrait on my About page.). Did I mention Bryan Garris!?! Thank you Bryan Garris for finally convincing me to abandon my quest to make Fuji Acros and D-76 work together!!! I have gone back to the beginning, embraced my Kodak TMAX 100 ASA roots and now with the addition of Accufine developer I am one of the happiest photographers on the planet. Moving into the new year, I am super excited about recent results with this combination and can't wait to spend more time on the Dead River with wonderful people.