Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thoughts on my Kinetic Ambiguity Project

Regarding the work, the easy answer is that I like it.  Others have told me the same.  But “like” does not make it art.  I am not trying to follow in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock with some sort of abstract expressionist photography.  It is just that I am very intrigued by visible light – especially freezing that moving light in order to observe it for one moment in a sort of stasis.  What you see in a photograph is visible moving light halted forever in that capture.  This Kinetic Ambiguity Project really emphasizes that.  And it has its own certain beauty in doing so with its texture, color and repetition.  The work here is new.  Older examples are on my web site.  I think I will continue to work on this project.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

South Hayward’s Holiday Bowl at the Space Gallery in Pomona

I went to an show opening at the Space Gallery in Pomona last Saturday – it just so happen to be the second Saturday of the month which is the Pomona Art Walk.  I have a lot of interest in the Space Gallery because I will be in a show there next month.  This current show is called Sign Geeks and basically it is a group of photographers who have a love for vintage neon signs and this is their work.  It just so happens that one of the photographers was working in the East Bay and captured the sign of the now closed Holiday Bowl.  I have many memories of that place – mostly good ones.  I spent some time hanging out there when I was in high school.  I had not known that it was closed.  Just seeing the picture brought back a flood of memories of Union City and South Hayward.  It has been a long time since I have been in the Bay Area.  I really need to get back up there.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Independence Day

Four days ago we celebrated our nation’s birthday.  I took a picture.  Actually, I took a lot of pictures as I was experimenting with the light.  No tripod, no image stabilization, just free hand with a telephoto lens out to 300mm.  I knew I would have movement but that was the point – I approached this similar to my Kinetic Ambiguity Project.  And, of course, there is some post production going on to get the appearance that I want.  I liked this photo quite a bit.  Enjoy.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Day Before Independence Day Photos

I am at a bit of a loss as to what to say about these photos taken on July 3rd, 2014.  Environmental still life is what I would call this.  But it does not need a name.

Clearly, you can see that there was a bit of post-production work going on.  This is my preferred rendering of the photographs that I create.  Enjoy.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

…What will I do?

The ultimate goal is to be a working fine art photographer showing in all of those great places where they show work by great fine art photographers/visual artist like Cindy Sherman, Winni Wintermeyer, Lorna Simpson, Andreas Gursky, Carrie Mae Weems, Alex Prager, Dawoud Bey, Alec Soth, Haley Jane Samuelson, etc.  As I am working on getting from point “A” to point “B”, I’ll put in some work doing those other things I like doing so much – event and portrait/portfolio photography.  I think I’ll need a new web site as my art web site, Edward Lance Montgomery Photography, will not really be the right fit for an event and portrait photography business.  Well, there is much to do so I better get busy.  Just the same, I’m always open to that super awesome career falling into my lap (like working at the California Museumof Photography in Riverside or the Kopeikin Gallery in LA, for example).

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

So, Now That I have Graduated…

Back on Saturday, June 14th 2014, I graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a BA in studio art (photography) and a minor in business administration.  All that with honors, mind you.  I just love saying that.  The really cool thing that a friend pointed out to me was that back in 1980 on June 14th, we (we went to high school together) graduated from James Logan High School – again on a Saturday.  There must be a meaning behind that.  Just the same, 34 years and I finally got my bachelor’s degree is a good thing.  Though I spent 20 years in the Army in the middle of those 34 years and a bunch of other stuff, I have always been going to school.  I think I have enough units for another degree if I really pushed it but I’m happy with what I have but now what?  Since one of those super awesome careers didn’t fall into my lap, I guess I need to create one on my own.  But I’m always open to one falling in my lap.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Things That I Have Done, 3

Here is the last video I created in Final Cut Pro X for my Digital Motion Imaging class.  This one was not a commercial but rather a kind of how-to video.  I explained how I made a woodcut (or woodblock) print in printmaking after I touched on why I made this particular print.  Printmaking is something I’m going to continue to do also – it is as therapeutic as photography.  All of the photos in the video, as in all of the videos, it took.  Well, except the “DA photo” and the last one with me and the Polish colonel.  I think this video is the best.