Fine Art Friday- Take One

Today is my birthday, and the birth of a brand new weekly event!  I’m happy to announce that every Friday, I will be posting a “Fine Art” image to brighten your Friday.   I put Fine Art in quotes because the idea of photographs being Fine Art (note the capital F and A!) is an ongoing discussion in every photography school, as well as in the greater art history and museum worlds.  What constitutes such a label?  Scholars have written intense and lengthy dissertations on such matters.  To me, the Friday post is just a fun way to put some of my more artsy or abstract work out there, and gives me an excellent excuse to dust off my old slides and get scanning.  That’s right, I used to shoot slide film.   Yep, f-i-l-m.  Sometimes I really miss it. This image was shot with Tri-X black and white film, and I love that the grainy quality is only intensified by the ghosted trees across the water.  All Fine Art photographs are available as large prints for your home or office, feel free to contact me for details.

So stop by every Friday, feel free to comment or critique, and have a wonderful weekend!

Photo: Foggy Morning, Middlesex Dock, Concord, MA,  2005

Georgina Cullman - February 27, 2012 - 8:09 am

Gorgeous, ghostly photo, Sarah! love it!

Birthday Love

Having received lots of well intentioned but sometimes random baby gifts, I’m always on the lookout for something special, affordable, useful, and unique to gift to those little bundles of joy.  Of course I’d recommend a framed newborn photograph to add to the nursery, but I have a few other ideas as well.  My latest obsession with Etsy finally paid off when I spotted these fabulous personalized prints.  Who doesn’t love a company called “Happy Hippos?”  These are great as newborn or first birthday gifts.  You send them all of the info, including nicknames and birth stats, as well as the colors that you’d like.  I personally added the matte and frame, but it’s an option to order these as well.  This one I photographed is for my cousin’s son, Jamie, who just turned one a few weeks ago.  I added a few photos of the little guy when he was just a wee one month old…hard to believe that he just started walking last week! I “shipped it up to Boston” and it was a hit!  What are some of your favorite baby gifts?

Emily Strawn - February 25, 2012 - 3:15 pm

so glad you like the typography! 🙂 Thanks for linking back to my etsy!!

Put a little LOVE in it!

Happy Heart Day.  Whatever your opinion on Saint Valentine, Hallmark, or Starbucks Love cups, Valentine’s is a great “made-up day” to think about our loved ones.  It also reminds me that I’m lucky that the two things my business focuses on (weddings and children/family portraits) are both about documenting moments of love.  Whether it’s the moment the groom spots his bride walking down the aisle, the much anticipated first kiss, or just some stolen looks during their ceremony, capturing these is a treat.  Similarly, having the opportunity to record a newborn in their home- from adoring gazes between parent and child to their first real family portrait- is one of the many reasons that I love my job.

Here are some of my favorite “love” moments.  Cheesy? Yes.  But oh so cute.  Give extra hugs to your loved ones today.  I’m sending them to my hubby, daughter, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and friends. xo

Georgina Cullman - February 14, 2012 - 12:31 pm

I’m honored that our photo made the cut! Beautiful shots here!


Betsy - February 24, 2012 - 10:14 am

Love this post, makes me tear up:)

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Early Spring in Central Park, New York, NY

I’m not sure what’s going on with the weather, but I’ll happily take a 60 degree day in January!  The warm weather gave me a chance to get outside and test out/break in a new Canon 85mm lens- woohoo! Here are a few snaps from today’s visit to the Ramble in Central Park with Callahan, 10 months, and Eleanor, 9 months.  There was a lot of crawling, laughing, eating of sticks, and fighting over mom’s cell phones.  Though the grass looks a little sad, it’s still great for the little ones to practice their moves on.  Frederick Law Olmstead envisioned this part of the park as a wild garden, and I’m grateful for this locale with lots of new nooks to discover so close to our apartment.  I hope everyone is enjoying the weather as well!

A Farewell to Film?

Last week I heard that Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy and I can’t get it out of my mind.  It’s no secret that this 131 year old company struggled to keep up as digital photography burst onto the scene, but it still saddens me.  Of course, I’m part of the very same problem that I lament.  During photography school in 2005, about 65% of my class had already switched over to digital, but I dug my heels in and shot only film on the most basic of cameras, my beloved Pentax K-1000.  The school was in a slow transition; we shot slide film and Tri-X for the first half of the summer  but at the halfway point, they no longer required us to shoot film and scan it to digitally edit; rather, the choice was ours.  I held out until the final few weeks, and finally gave in and purchased a used Canon Digital Rebel.  I felt like I was selling my soul, but over time I came to love the immediacy of the images, the histogram display to check exposure, the versatility of switching ISO on the fly, and the cost!  Though I missed the excitement of picking up my slide film at the local camera shop (remember those?) and the thrill of placing them onto my light box, digital photography eliminated a lot of steps and expense.  Of course, it brought on the problem of mastering Photoshop, but that can fill a whole different post.  The transition was swift- my class was the final summer that used the darkrooms at photo school- now the film developing stalls are used for cell phone booths!  I returned in 2010 for a week-long intensive on wedding photography and it was all digital, all the time!  I sound like a nostalgic dinosaur to say this, but it saddens me that new photographers will never know the frustration of fumbling in the pitch black to roll film onto a developing reel, or conquering a finicky enlarger to burn and dodge a print.  Or my ultimate favorite- the moment when you place your image in the darkroom developing tray and watch as your image appears through the liquid.

My days of buying rolls and rolls of Tri-x 400 Kodak film and filling my freezer with film rather than food are gone forever.  Kodak claims they will still try to reinvent themselves, and I half heartedly hope that they can find a new niche.  They have been criticized for not adapting quickly to the digital photography age and finding a way to be profitable in the market.  But what I love about them is who they used to be and the past that they represent.  But my nostalgia has no place in today’s market.  What do you think- is film gone forever?

Suzie - January 30, 2012 - 9:12 pm

It’s not forever gone….yet. I admit I also refused to go digital while attending RMSP in 2005…. while sitting on a new digital Nikon! I have held on to all of my darkroom equipment thinking I might need it someday. Doubt it. Film will soon be a lost art form, but for those of us who once indulged will always have our negatives and prints we once cherished so much.