Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Progress on the grape stems


I took this out of the mold today, to photograph it. The form holds up pretty well, but I wouldn't want to have to move it around much.

And damn, is this ever hard to photograph. I think you can kind of see what's going on, but the fact that it's still mostly hollow inside is not clear.

6 comments:

lyndah said...

It's cool. Is there a point of entry or is it entirely hollow? I might think playing with depth of field might get some different results. -- Your work is inspiring!

Lynda

Alex Zealand said...

Hey, thanks! It's kind of Death Star shaped right now - open on one quarter, and still mostly hollow. I have a new camera, but it doesn't offer much in the way of depth of field - I may have to pay someone to take better photos.

In part because it is so hard to photograph, I'm thinking about putting it into an upcoming unjuried community show, in order to get more feedback on it.

lyndah said...

Get really close to it with the camera. It will have no choice but to blur out what is right in front of the lens but then it should focus on the other side. It won't be a good overall shot but it might be a nice detail that will show the center as hollow...

wendy said...

I can't help with the photo, but the piece has a really great feeling of both growth and containment. I love the imposed contrast. It has a sort of energy field about it, yet I am held at bay because of the thorn-like quality. Love it!

Alex Zealand said...

Wendy, that is such great feedback, since what you describe is right in line with what I'm trying to convey - thank you!

Alex Zealand said...

The pushing and pulling, specifically.