Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dispatch from Penland

Jerry Spagnoli , Kerny Ramsey and Jennifer Jeffers prepare our show at the end of session show and tell.
Photographer Dennis Lane points out the finer points of Daguerreotypes to potter Cynthia Bringle. Generally people were stunned by the beauty of daguerreotypes.
Daguerrotypist/photographer Robin Dreyer shares with director Jean McLaughlin and other artist
some of Dennis Lane's Daguerreotypes.

True to form, I had to shoot some tintypes- this is the camera obscura at Penland.
Ghostly Quarter plate daguerreotype by yours truly . And a cover shot for Our State magazine, for the Penland School of Crafts issue, maybe. If you've been there, you know this view, holy ground as far as I'm concerned.

I'm just back from my 5th visit, 1st in 20 years, to Penland School of Crafts. I was in Jerry Spagnoli's
Contemporary Daguerreotypes class (session 7 one week). Not quite the life changing experience it was
for me as a teen, but great. Jerry is an outstanding teacher and generous in his knowledge of the art of photography, especially in my favorite era, the 19th century. His book, Jerry Spagnoli Daguerreotypes
is a must. I was delighted to see he is a street photographer using ancient media for stunning results.
His color work is nothing short of some of the best I've ever seen and likely, will be his legacy . Check out his website www.jerryspagnoli.com to see what color film shot on an 8x10 camera looks like and
some mind blowing daguerreotypes.
If you can visit Penland, or take a class with Jerry, you should.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Senior portrait

Simple is best. The hard part is going B+W or color.