the end of print…not so much

In the late 1990’s when I first studied Graphic Design at Southern CT State University, David Carson’s important work influenced artists. There is something to be said for paying respect to the “masters” and there is something to be said for “rules are made to be broken.” So I am referencing him as a source of inspiration as a nascent designer and also as a source of reflection. Although, “The End of Print” always has and always will be a debated topic among artsy types. In as much as it’s now standard to see something on a  phone, tablet, laptop or even a large 27″ monitor,   seeing the same work as large form fine art print is an awesome experience. DinoDanDesign

Artists sometimes play their cards close to the vest…”not me” so here is more than a “sneak peek” for an upcoming art exhibit Six Unique Perspectives

Six Unique Perspectives | New Haven CT

Botanical Elements is one of my four digital montages currently featured at a group exhibit at the Mitchell Library in New Haven, CT from Feb. 8th – Mar. 31st.  BotanicalElementsOur opening reception was exciting and very well attended. I created all the digital montages specifically for this space because many visitors to the Library are familiar with the  Dinosaur sculpture on the front lawn of the Yale Peabody Museum as well as the Handsome Dan sculpture on his own bench near the Yale bookstore. These vertical panoramas are almost four feet high and extremely eye-catching:)

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Appreciation of montage theory…

Our photography class recently visited The Yale Center for British Art in preparation for our film montage assignment. This is a phenomenal exhibit concentrating on current trends in the genre of motion …a first for the Center, running until Sunday, December 29, 2019.

 Migrating Worlds: The Art of the Moving Image in Britain

Theo Eshetu is one of several artists currently featured at YCBA in New Haven. It is important for me to take time to learn about and appreciate an artist’s exploration and vision…this prior interview is fascinating:

 

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A video artist born of mixed African-European descent, Theo Eshetu has spent his career presenting images of his global identity. His work, Brave New World II, is currently on display in the African Art Museum.

It’s thrilling to win a design award…

Jon & Michele Vallee are perfect clients…fun, smart & accessible. They asked me to design a box for their award-winning rum cakes. We worked hard together to create beautiful packaging for the small, medium and large cakes. I love the way the boxes stack together to form “a lighthouse”. Everything about this shouts “award winner”!

This tower is tops – a small, medium and large cake in choice of flavors, attractively gift boxed.

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Keystone Paper and Box Company in Windsor CT, produced the box and wished to enter the design in a national contest. The  box design placed in the competition.

Needless to say, we are thrilled. You can read more at:
http://paperbox.org/Programs-Events/Carton-Competition/2014-Award-Winners

Lighthouse Rum Cakes is gearing up for another phenomenally busy holiday gift season. It’s very easy to order 24/7 on their website: www.lighthouserumcakes.com

Please be sure to visit soon!

How to get emotion & expression…..

This is a quote by a very famous photographer:

“ Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. – Ansel Adams

I’ve also heard that it takes 1,000 photos for a National Geographic photographer to get one “keeper”. Composition, exposure and focus which is perhaps the easy part of photography. The challenge is to connect on an emotional level in addition to having the technical details spot on.

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We were photographing Stephen slightly in advance of his christening, so he was all dressed up in the church and really eager to examine the bible that was open on the alter.  I totally love everything about this photo – especially his curiosity.

I just love this little angel girl – she is sweet & beautifu!!!!

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and her twin brother is equally sweet and cute – although he would hate to know that I think so!!!

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The most memorable compliment I’ve ever received was for a photo taken during a documentary photography course…my semester project subject was a “veterinary practice.”

Our vet kindly allowed me to photograph his practice once a week on “surgery day”…I did get a fairly interesting group of photos. One very strong image was the preparation for the dental cleaning of a cat…capturing the moment our vet injected the cat to induce sleep so he could perform a careful and thorough cleaning.  A classmate actually started to cry when she saw the photo. The negatives from this set of images have long been archived up in the attic and the hope remains of capturing an image with equal intensity.

The memory of my classmates’s comment is everlasting. On a lighter note, I brush my dog’s teeth every single day….our vet thinks this is great.

And, if you want to see more of our work: www.awesomephotos.co