Finding and photographing my own Georgia O’Keeffe

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When I was in St. John recently, there was some variety of palm tree outside of our rental house that had some blooming flowers on it. I’m not a botanist, so I’m just guessing here, but from an image search it appears this tree might have been a “bottle palm,” or for those who prefer […]

Image within an image … but how was it done?

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I saw this art work at the 2016 Spring/Break Art Show, and unfortunately didn’t see the artist’s name listed anywhere. At first glance, it’s a simple idea – the artist created the art work with the photographs inside the window frame, and then inserted that piece into the same view, and photographed it again. Simple, […]

Surrealist photography by Erik Johansson

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I saw this image titled “The Architect” and wanted to share it here. The artist’s name is Erik Johansson, and he’s a “surrealist photographer” photographer from Sweden based in Prague, Czech Republic and Sweden. According to his website, “Erik doesn’t capture moments, he captures ideas.” With the help of his camera and Photoshop, the goal […]

Artist spotlight: James Presley Ball

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As part of Black History Month, we’d like to provide artist spotlights on significant African American artists. Today’s spotlight will be on James Presley Ball (1825-1904), who was an early daguerreotype photographer. Considering that the daguerreotype process was first introduced in 1839, Ball was pretty cutting-edge to have opened his own daguerreotype studio in Cincinnati, […]

Making Pianos: a look inside Steinway & Sons in Astoria

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Back in the late 1990’s, I lived in Astoria, Queens, in a nice residential neighborhood with only a short subway ride to Manhattan. One afternoon, while exploring the fringes of the neighborhood, I happened upon the Steinway & Sons factory, on a remote northern stretch of Queens just west of LaGuardia Airport. I remember thinking […]